Top Bulgarian Nationalist: Stepson, PM Plotting Together

Domestic | November 20, 2011, Sunday // 13:47|  views

The leader of Bulgaria's, far-right, nationalist Ataka party, Volen Siderov, accuses the ruling GERB of monopolizing power in the country. Photo by BGNES

There is a plot for a coup at the Bulgarian, far-right, nationalist Ataka party, according to party leader Volen Siderov.

"I not only suspect, I see a plot between Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, who knows well Dimitar Stoyanov's mother, and is using a personal story to deal a political blow," Siderov, who suffered a crushing defeat in the October presidential elections, said at a special press conference Sunday.

One day ago, Ataka expelled its Member of the European Parliament, Dimitar Stoyanov from the party, after reports Thursday that Stoyanov has requested Siderov's resignation.

What is intriguing in the case is that the 28-year-old Stoyanov is a stepson to Siderov, and a natural son to his wife Kapka Siderova. According to numerous reports the couple has split, and the Ataka leader now lives with a much younger woman – Ataka MP, Denitsa Gadzheva.

Siderov said Sunday that the separation with his wife is based on principle differences and it did not happen because of another woman. He stressed that Ataka's enemies have long dreamed about such opportunity and power in Bulgaria has become the monopoly of Borisov's ruling, center-right Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party (GERB).

"Dimitar's reaction is the reaction of a son, who is protecting his mother; there is something here that is difficult to pinpoint and name," the nationalist leader says.

In a declaration sent to the media Sunday, the party claims that about 10% of all cast ballots for Siderov, who ran for president, have been eliminated through direct and open falsifications at all levels, and that there is a war raging against the sole nationalist organization in Bulgaria, which managed to make a break by winning parliamentary seats in the last two general elections.

"Any hints about a resignation of the founder and leader of Ataka, Volen Siderov, are seen by us as a part of the plot to destroy the patriotic idea in the country. We, MPs, regional coordinators, and activists would not allow this, and stand firm behind our leader, Volen Siderov," the declaration reads.

Meanwhile, in a Sunday TV show of Nova TV, MEP Dimitar Stoyanov declared no one from Ataka informed him about him being expelled. He labeled the reaction "hysterical," pointing out that such repression had not been applied even against his famous grandfather, writer Radoy Ralin, a dissident known for his mockery of the Communist regime.

Stoyanov was firm that Ataka's results from the elections are a failure.

When asked to comment on rumors about Denitsa Gadzheva, he declined and only said he knew her from high school where they were classmates.

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Tags: elections, EU, European parliament, MEP, Boyko Borisov, GERB, nationalist, Ataka, Volen Siderov, Dimitar Stoyanov, Kapka Siderova, denitsa gadzheva


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