At least five MPs set to leave Bulgaria’s MRF parliamentary group – reports

At least five MPs set to leave Bulgaria’s MRF parliamentary group – reports

Sofia, December 29, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

Media reports in Bulgaria claimed that at least five MPs were set to follow in the footsteps of former Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) leader Lyutfi Mestan and quit the party’s parliamentary group when the National Assembly resumes work after the winter holiday season.

Mestan was surprisingly stripped of his leadership positions and expelled from the party last week, mere days after a sharp verbal attack on Mestan by party founder and former long-time leader Ahmed Dogan was made public on the MRF’s official website. Dogan, in an address at a Christmas party, denounced as a “gaffe” Mestan’s declaration in the National Assembly following Turkey shooting down a Russian Air Force bomber near the Syrian border.