Bulgaria will remove the Turkish-Arabic names of 838 places in the Stara Zagora area.
Since the country was part of the Ottoman Empire, many parts of the country still carry Islamized names, despite Bulgaria being a Slavic, Orthodox Christian country. The proposition gathered 39 votes for and only 2 against in the regional council of Stara Zagora.
While this decision will undoubtedly prove popular with Bulgarian nationalists, the Muslim community and the "Movement for Rights and Freedoms" (DPS), the liberal party mostly focused on representing the Bulgarian Turkish and Muslim minorities, condemned the decision. The votes against the proposition were from DPS representatives.