Lyutvi Mestan

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Lyutvi Mestan
Lutfi Mestan Chairman of DPS.jpg
Leader of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms
In office
19 January 2013 – 24 December 2015
Preceded byAhmed Dogan
Succeeded byMustafa Karadayi
Personal details
Born (1960-12-24) December 24, 1960 (age 58)
Chorbadzhiysko, Bulgaria
Political partyBulgarian Communist Party
(before 1990)[citation needed]

Union of Democratic Forces
(1990-1993)[citation needed]

Movement for Rights and Freedoms


Democrats of responsibility, freedom and tolerance
(2016-Present)[citation needed]

Lyutvi Ahmed Mestan (Bulgarian: Лютви Ахмед Местан, Turkish: Lütfi Ahmet Mestan) (born 24 December 1960) is a Bulgarian politician of Turkish-Bulgarian origin. He was chairman of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms from January 2013 to 24 December 2015.[2] He has been the Member of Parliament for Kardzhali.[3] He was removed as party leader by the DPS central council and expelled from the party for what it considered an excessively pro-Turkish government stance following the downing of a Russian bomber jet by the Turkish Air Force.[1] He subsequently founded a new political force, DOST, acronym of Democrats for Responsibility, Solidarity and Tolerance in Bulgarian, and a double entendre also signifying friend in Turkish. The party is based on pro-EU, pro-NATO and liberal opinions.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Bulgaria's DPS Party Expels Chairman Lyutvi Mestan". Sofia News Agency. 24 December 2015. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Bulgaria's DPS Party Expels Chairman Lyutvu Mestan". Novinite. 2015-12-24. Retrieved 2015-12-24.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-05-03. Retrieved 2014-05-03.
  4. ^ "Ousted Leader of Bulgaria's DPS Lyutvi Mestan Launches DOST Political Project". Novinite. 2016-02-27. Retrieved 2016-06-14.