Bulgarian President hosts Iftar dinner at start of Ramadan

Bulgarian head of state President Rossen Plevneliev hosted an Iftar dinner on the evening of June 6, as the Muslim holy month of fasting, Ramadan, got underway.

Among those at the dinner, held at the National History Museum in Sofia’s Boyana neighbourhood, was Chief Mufti Mustafa Hadji, Bulgarian Orthodox Church head Patriarch Neofit, Deputy Prime Minister Roumyana Buchvarova, heads of political groups represented in Parliament, foreign diplomats and academics.

It is the third consecutive year that Plevneliev, in office since January 2012, has hosted an Iftar dinner. Given that Ramadan in 2017 starts on a date after the end of his term of office and that Plevneliev has said that he will not stand for a second term, the June 6 2016 occasion would also be the last time that he has hosted an Iftar dinner.

The unity of the nation is based on the support of all communities for the common cause of peace and prosperity, Plevneliev said.

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