MEP to Set Up Yet Another Bulgarian Patriotic PartyDomestic | March 21, 2012, Wednesday // 17:39| views
Nationalist Bulgarian MEP, Dimitar Stoyanov (l) with stepfather and leader of the nationalist Ataka party, Volen Siderov. Photo by BGNES
Dimitar Stoyanov, a far-right Bulgarian MEP, will create a new patriotic political formation together with his mother, Kapka Siderova.
Stoyanov is the stepson of Volen Siderov, the eccentric leader of the troubled nationalist Ataka (Attack) party.
In 2011, Stoyanov was removed from the party on the grounds of "tarnishing" and "undermining" the party's image with his media statements. He had demanded that Siderov step down as leader.
Volen Siderov and Kapka Siderova split last year, and, allegedly, Ataka's leader now lives with Ataka MP, Denitsa Gadzheva, who is much younger than Kapka.
Dimitar Stoyanov's new political project has attracted five former Ataka MPs that currently count as "independent" - Borislav Stoyanov, Valentin Ivanov, Dimitar Karbov, Ognyan Tetimov and Petar Hlebarov.
Initially, Ataka's parliamentary group consisted of 19 MPs, but a number of dissents left it with just 10 lawmakers, which is the bare minimum.
In June 2011, Pavel Chernev, a former deputy chair of the far-right formation, created the Party of the Ordinary Folk. In April, another former Ataka deputy chair, Anton Sirakov, created the New Power formation. Prior to that, Ataka member and owner of the party's former mouthpiece, the Skat TV station, Valeri Simeonov, founded his National Front for Saving Bulgaria.