Ex President: Today's Bulgaria Has No Leaders

Domestic | February 4, 2012, Saturday // 15:08|  views

Former Bulgarian President, Georgi Parvanov, is in Varna to participate in a round table "15 Years Later, Where are the Leaders." Photo by bulphoto

Former Bulgarian President, Georgi Parvanov, (2002-2012) declared Saturday that rule and power should not be any politician's single-handed goal and must be protected by ideas and talent.

Parvanov is on a visit to the Black Sea capital Varna to participate in a round table "15 Years Later, Where are the Leaders," organized by the youth organization of the Bulgarian Socialist Party, BSP, in the city.

The discussion is dedicated to the 15th anniversary of the date when Parvanov, then leader of BSP, and the nominated for Prime Minister Socialist, Nikolay Dobrev, returned the mandate to appoint a cabinet in the aftermath of wide-spread people discontent and rallies toppling the BSP cabinet of Zhan Videnov.

On February 4, 1997, then President, Petar Stoyanov, who won elections on the right wing ballot, called a meeting of the Consultative Council on National Security and in the aftermath Parvanov and Dobrev announced they were retreating from selecting a second BSP cabinet.

On Saturday, Parvanov said in Varna "that Stoyanov's pretention of being the savior of social peace at the time seemed to him a bit ridiculous."

"If he said at then that he was rejecting our proposal for the cabinet's team, it would have been easy to go back to the Socialist party headquarters and to declare that the President had violated the Constitution and change the agenda of the conflict, but thankfully, it did not happen," the former Head of State explained, stressing that what was most important was that in 1997 a few people found in themselves maturity and wisdom to preserve civil peace.

Parvanov underlined that he was in Varna to honor the significance of February 4 for Bulgaria, not to prove who had done what, because this was a date embedded in the country's modern history.

According to him, there is now deficit of leaders and leadership not only on national, but on European and global level.

He asked rhetorically where one can find the today leaders of Bulgaria and their anti-crisis measures and what had they done for the country.

"We are sinking more and more, and are tightening our belts more and more. Bulgaria's only chance now is good leadership and focus on innovations because electronic highways are as important as the transport ones," the ex-President concluded.

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