Bulgaria Govt Recent Ally Turns into Its Biggest Foe - LeaderDomestic | February 3, 2011, Thursday // 10:52| views
Ivan Kostov (L), former prime minister and leader of the die-hard rightists Democrats for Strong Bulgaria, is pictured here shaking hands with Prime Minister Boyko Borisov from the times when they were still on good terms. Photo by Sofia Photo Agency
A right-wing coalition, only until recently an ally of the center-right majority in parliament, has turned into its biggest enemy, but not at its will, its leader has said.
"We became the ruling party biggest foe without knowing it. The relationship between the Blue Coalition and GERB is getting more and more tumultuous every day," Ivan Kostov, former prime minister and leader of the die-hard rightists Democrats for Strong Bulgaria, which is part of the Blue Coalition, told the morning broadcast of Nova TV channel on Thursday.
He accused the ruling party of abusing its power by attacking its political opponents.
"It is our mayors who are put under pressure, not those from the Socialist Party. This is not acceptable. We are not the real enemy. The real enemy are those, who make people buy their bread at higher prices," Kostov, credited with throwing out the ex-communists who had pushed the country to the brink of financial crisis in the 90s, commented.
Kostov reiterated his gloomy forecast that the government's penchant to steer clear of scandals by burying its head in the sand will trigger early elections in Bulgaria.
His statement came in response to the decision of the parliamentary majority not to establish a temporary inquiry committee to probe the scandal with the dead baby in the central town of Gorna Oryahovitsa.
"The people's trust has been shaken after this case and this makes the government less stable. Every person matters - this is the credo of the European values and culture, which we are aiming to embrace."
The spectre of early elections has started to pop in and out of the war of words on the political battlefield, with supporters of the ruling party GERB saying that it has no political alternative and opponents striking back that things can't get worse.
Latest polls show that no more than three parties - center-right GERB, Socialist BSP and ethnic Turkish DPS, are strong enough to enter Bulgaria's parliament if general elections were held today.
The far-right Ataka, a firm ally of the current government, and the right-wing Blue Coalition, which has repeatedly criticized it for lack of expertise and dodging painful reforms, will not manage to pass the 4% threshold and will go by the board, according to the survey.
The center-right government of Boyko Borisov's party GERB now has 117 of a total of 240 seats in the unicameral chamber and has governed so far with the support of Ataka and the Blue Coalition. These parties have no ministers in the government.