Ex-Presidential Runner Eyes Heading Troubled Bulgarian Right-Wingers

Business | June 8, 2012, Friday // 15:22|  views

Rumen Hristov, the former presidential candidate endorsed by the right-wing Bulgarian Blue Coalition. Photo by Sofia Photo Agency

Former presidential candidate Rumen Hristov has declared that he will run for chairman of Bulgaria's right-wing Union of Democratic Forces (UDF) party.

UDF is currently headed by interim chairman Boris Markov. The party will elect its next leader on July 8.

Hristov has claimed that the party could gather some 8-10% in the 2013 general elections, which would guarantee it 20 to 25 lawmakers in the next Parliament.

All center-right parties can be considered as UDF's potential partners, he has added.

The political formation Martin Dimitrov, resigned after the majority of the formation's national council members decided that the party would compete on its own in the 2013 general election, thus breaking up the so-called Blue Coalition, a union between UDF and the Democrats for Strong Bulgaria.

The Blue Coalition was established in the eve of the general elections in 2009 and has been marred by troubles and discord ever since. It currently has 14 MPs.

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

Hristov managed to attract just 2% of the voters in 2011's presidential elections.

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Tags: right wing, Democrats for Strong Bulgaria, Union of Democratic Forces, Martin Dimitrov, Blue Coalition, UDF, DSB, Boris Markov, Rumen Hristov


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