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Bulgaria: Ruling Expected On Presidential Candidate's Eligibility

Sofia, 2 September 1996 (RFE/RL) -- Bulgaria's Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling today on the eligibility of Foreign Minister Georgi Pirinski in the country's October 27 presidential election.

Pirinski, the candidate of the ruling Bulgarian Socialist Party, appealed to the supreme court after Bulgaria's electoral commission decided last week that Pirinski could not run in the election because he had not documented how he acquired Bulgarian citizenship. Pirinski was was born in the United States.

The electoral commission last week also rejected the registration of candidate Petar Stoyanov of the anit-communist opposition Union of Democratic Forces. The commission said that registration forms for Stoyanov contained irregularities concerning his nomination by the individual parties in the coalition that selected him.

Pirinski and Stoyanov so far have been the only candidates to register for the presidential elections. The registration deadline is September 22.