Bulgarian Right-wing UDF Party Votes on Temporary Leader

Domestic | June 5, 2012, Tuesday // 09:12|  views

UDF leader Martin Dimitrov, who wanted Bulgaria's right-wing Coalition to stay intact, has resigned after losing support for his view. Photo by BGNES

Bulgaria's right-wing Union of Democratic Forces party, UDF, is holding elections Tuesday to designate its temporary leader.

The new party Head will be elected by the UDF National Council after the formation decided in May to leave the so-called Blue Coalition with Democrats for Strong Bulgaria, DSB. UDF leader, Martin Dimitrov, resigned as promised since he was a firm supporter of a coalition with DSB and its Chief, Ivan Kostov.

The falling apart of the Blue Coalition is seen as the prevailing of one of the two major circles in UDF – those who oppose Kostov and favor UDF's own and separate functioning as a political formation.

There are two top candidates to replace Dimitrov – the former Mayor of the northern city of Pleven and supporter of a right-wing coalition, Nayden Zelenogorski, and the coalition opponent, Rumen Hristov, who ran for president in the October 2011 election and suffered a crushing defeat.

The final decision on the next leader will be made in September through a direct internal party vote.

Meanwhile, DSB already declared they are most likely to run solo at the 2013 general elections.

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Tags: right wing, Democrats for Strong Bulgaria, Union of Democratic Forces, Martin Dimitrov, Blue Coalition, UDF, DSB, Ivan Kostov, Rumen Hristov, Nayden Zelenogorski


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