Bulgaria President Raises the Curtain over ABV ProjectDomestic | November 11, 2010, Thursday // 09:55| views
The second term of the current Socialist President Georgi Parvanov expires next year and he does not have the right to run for a third term. Photo by BGNES
Bulgaria's Socialist President, Georgi Parvanov, convenes on November 11 a national summit of his future political project named Alternative for Bulgarian Revival, the Bulgarian acronym being ABV (the first three letters of the Bulgarian alphabet).
Parvanov, who is former leader of the Bulgarian Socialist Party, said the initiative would include representatives of many sectors - mayors, doctors, teachers, NGOs, educators, politicians, without their participation meaning a commitment from their own respective political parties.
The Member of the European Parliament from the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), Ivaylo Kalfin, has already confirmed he would take part in the political project of President, Georgi Parvanov.
According to media publications, other followers include ex EU Funds Minister, Meglena Plugchieva, popular actor, and ex Culture Minister, Stefan Danailov, Academician, Andrey Pantev, all Socialist Members of the Parliament, journalist, Velislava Dareva, and other prominent figures and celebrities, some of whom such as popular late night show host, Slavi Trifonov or Bulgaria's first EU Commissioner, Meglena Kuneva, already firmly denied any involvement.
Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, has shrugged off the news about the new party as no threat whatsoever, and a sign the opposition is getting more and more divided, bud pointed out Bulgaria no longer has a real president.
The second term of the President Georgi Parvanov expires next year and he does not have the right to run for a third term.
Observers have commented that Bulgaria's president is obviously laying the foundations of a new political movement, which will counterbalance the conservative government and will allow him to continue to wield his influence even after he leaves the office of the highest state post next year.
Parvanov is one of the most loved politicians in the country, but he is also very controversial, as he has worked for the secret services during the communist regime and is believed to have contacts with people linked to the underworld.
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