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Bulgaria: President Would Welcome Referendum On Monarchy

Prague, 16 April 1997 (RFE/RL) - Bulgarian President Petar Stoyanov says that if the parliament about to be elected decides to conduct a referendum on the issue of monarchy or republic, he would "accept the decision with satisfaction and immediately set a date for it."

Stoyanov spoke after meeting with Bulgaria's former monarch, Simeon the Second, at lunch today. He said one must bear in mind that the Tirnovo Constitution, which had provided for a constitutional monarchy, had been abolished when the country was "under the occupation of a foreign military power." Simeon ends his visit to Bulgaria today.