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Bulgaria: Foreign Minister Will Appeal Electoral Commission Ruling

Sofia, 28 August 1996 (RFE/RL) -- Visiting Bulgarian Foreign Minister Georgi Pirinski said in Washington yesterday that he will challenge a decision by his country's electoral commission barring him from running for president.

Pirinski told a news conference he plans to ask the Bulgarian Supreme Court to let him run in the October 27 presidential election.

"Act II is the supreme court," said Pirinski. The ruling contradicts his rights of equality under the Bulgarian constitution, he said.

The Electoral Commission said yesterday that it refused to register Pirinski for the October poll due to a technicality in the registration of one of the political parties backing him.

The Electoral Commission also rejected the registration of a second presidential candidate, Petar Stoyanov, over irregularities in his nomination by an anti-communist alliance. Stoyanov is the Union of Democratic Forces' candidate.

Correspondents say that to date, Pirinski and Stoyanov are the only candidates for the presidential elections to have submitted their registration forms.