Kuneva's Bid for Bulgaria President to 'Breach Constitution'

Domestic | April 4, 2011, Monday // 13:03|  views

Meglena Kuneva became the first Bulgarian member of the European Commission on January 1, 2007. She served as Commissioner for consumer protection. Photo by Sofia Photo Agency

A Facebook group has vehemently risen against the prospect of Meglena Kuneva, Bulgaria's former European Commissioner, running for president of the country even though she is yet to make up her mind whether to do so.

Bulgaria's constitution requires that candidates for president are eligible only if they have lived in the country over the last five years, a condition that Kuneva does not meet as she lived in Brussels, her opponents say.

"Not only I, but all of us should be deeply worried that somebody's participation in the elections can trigger such a panic attack. I would not join this debate, it makes no sense to do so. But it seems to me that all this noise is part of a plot, which has been hatched long ago," Meglena Kuneva said when approached for comment by 24 Hours daily.

She stressed that she does not need a high office to continue working in the name of the country.

Bulgaria's former EU Commissioner said at the end of March that she has not decided yet whether to run for President in the upcoming elections in the fall of 2011.

Kuneva told the Bulgarian National Radio that, should she decide to run for Presidency, her bid will be non-partisan.

There have been recent reports that the National Movement for Stability and Prosperity of ex PM and ex Tsar Simeon Saxe-Coburg wanted to nominate Kuneva for president, and that even the Bulgarian Socialist Party leader Sergey Stanishev insisted on supporting her bid – while outgoing President Georgi Parvanov, a former Socialist leader, urged for a leftist candidate.

According to the most recent poll conducted by Sofia-based Center for Analyses and Marketing 12.7% of the surveyed citizens said they fancied Kuneva as President, which makes her the third most popular option.

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