Protesters demand change to Bulgaria’s election law as controversial MP heads for new Parliament

Written by on October 27, 2014 in Bulgaria - Comments Off on Protesters demand change to Bulgaria’s election law as controversial MP heads for new Parliament

Hundreds of protesters from the Bulgarian town of Kyustendil came to central Sofia for the opening of Parliament, and blocked the road to Greece, to demand changes to election law to prevent a repeat of the “Bat Sali” affair.

“Bat Sali” is Alexander Metodiev, elected to the 43rd National Assembly on the ticket of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms – the party led and supported in the main by Bulgarians of Turkish ethnicity.

Alexander Metodiev, back left, at the first sitting of the 43rd National Assembly on October 27 2014.

Alexander Metodiev, centre, at the first sitting of the 43rd National Assembly on October 27 2014.

Through the mathematics of the election system currently used by Bulgaria, the sharing out of seats saw Metodiev get one in spite of having drawn just a few hundred votes.

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