Bulgarian Nationalists to Unite in Eve of 2013 Elections

Domestic | September 14, 2012, Friday // 08:42|  views

The leader of the far-right, nationalist Ataka party, Volen Siderov, calls on all patriots in Bulgaria to dedicate themselves to the common cause and forget personal ambitions. Photo by BGNES

Bulgarian nationalists are mulling the establishment of a large coalition to tackle the 2013 parliamentary elections.

The masterminds of the plan are the leaders of Ataka and VMRO, Volen Siderov and Krasimir Karakachanov. They and the leaders of some smaller formations are going to gather in Sofia on September 22 to discuss the details of the future formation with the goal to have a joint ballot for the general elections.

Polls show that such coalition can secure at least 12% of the vote or 35 Members of the Parliament, the Bulgarian Standard daily writes, citing the nationalists' leaders.

The idea has been launched by Siderov while Karakachanov issued this week an open letter calling on all patriotic and nationalist parties to unite.

In addition to Ataka and VMRO, some 8-9 other structures have voiced readiness to join the future "patriotic" block.

Karakachanov tells Standard that the date of the meeting, September 22, has been picked to coincide with the celebrations of the 104th anniversary of Bulgaria's Independence.

Also speaking for Standard, Siderov appealed to all to dedicate themselves to the common cause and forget personal ambitions.

The demographic crisis, education, healthcare, energy and foreign policy are the main pillars for unification. The parties have already launched joint initiatives such as protest rallies against the price hikes of electric power and of parking fees in downtown Sofia and celebrations of Bulgaria's Unification Day on September 6 in the second largest city of Plovdiv.

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Tags: Krasimir Karakachanov, VMRO, Volen Siderov, parties, Ataka, nationalist, leaders, elections, unite, nationalists, Bulgarian

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