Socialist MP: Conservative Group Breakup Favors Ruling Majority

Domestic | December 26, 2009, Saturday // 16:02|  views

Socialist MP Angel Naydenov has stated the RZS group breakup was helping the ruling majority parties.

The breakup of the Parliamentary Group of the conservative party RZS (“Order, Law, Justice”) is beneficial to Bulgaria’s ruling party GERB and the other two rightist parties supporting it.

This has been stated by Angel Naydenov, MP and spokesperson of the Bulgarian Socialist Party, as cited by

Naydenov referred to the recent breakup of the RZS group. With the minimum required 10 MPs, the conservatives from RZS saw one MP, Mario Tagarinski, leaving the group leading to its breakup. They have accused the ruling party GERB of PM Boyko Borisov of instigating the collapse of their group, and have withdrawn their support from the Borisov government.

With 116 out of 240 MPs, the government is now backed only by the nationalist party Ataka with 21 MPs and the rightist Blue Coalition with 15 MPs. None of them is in a formal coalition with GERB, and none has Ministers of its own in the government.

According to Angel Naydenov from the Socialist Party, GERB is benefiting from the situation because now they can rely on the support of “independent” MPs such as Tagarinski, who have broken away from their groups.

In addition, the removal of the RZS group actually raised the price of both the Blue Coalition and Ataka as partners of the ruling party.

Thus, Naydenov says, the Blue Coalition is making gains by “selling” its support for GERB and getting high positions in the government in exchange.

At the same time, the Socialist leader has pointed out, the “unconditional” support of the Ataka party for GERB is in fact not unconditional since PM Borisov and the ruling party have recently backed the demands of Ataka for holding a referendum on the broadcasting of daily news emissions on the Bulgarian National TV in Turkish.

Naydenov has said that visible differences were also appearing in the ruling majority as the Blue Coalition has not back controversial amendments to the Electronic Messages Act, supported by GERB and Ataka, which have raised concerns over allowing the Bulgarian police to view the Internet history of Bulgarian users.

According to unofficial reports, and a hint by Deputy Chair of BSP, Rumen Ovcharov, the RZS party, which claims to be genuinely conservative, was set up with the backstage aid of the Socialists.

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Tags: Angel Naydenov, BSP, GERB, Ataka, RZS, Blue Coalition, government, majority, parliamentary group, Mario Tagarinski, Yane Yanev


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