Bulgaria's Nationalist Ataka Boycotts Talks with PM Hopeful

Domestic | May 27, 2013, Monday // 14:17|  views

The leader of Bulgaria's far-right, nationalist Ataka party, Volen Siderov, photo by BGNES

Bulgaria's far-right, nationalist Ataka party and its leader Volen Siderov have boycotted Monday consultations with Plamen Oresharski, nominated for Prime Minister by the Bulgarian Socialist Party, BSP.

Oresharski invited earlier for debates Ataka, the nationalist VMRO party, the right-wing Bulgaria for Citizens of former EU Commissioner, Meglena Kuneva, and People's Voice of rock musician Svetlio Vitkov, to discuss the priorities of the 2013 – 2017 government.

Except Ataka, all others attended their respective work meetings.

The parties that overcame the 4% threshold to win seats in the May 12 general elections are: the center-right Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria, GERB, party of former Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, the Bulgarian Socialist Party, BSP, the ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms, DPS, and their self-proclaimed arch enemies - Ataka (Attack).

According to the final count, DPS and BSP together have 120 seats in the 240-seat unicameral Parliament. Ataka, with 23 MPs, is said to be the kingmaker as GERB has 97 MPs.

Ataka, BSP and DPS have all declared that they would not negotiate with GERB, which narrowly won the election, but was unable to form a government.

During the Parliament opening ceremony, Siderov delivered a speech that stunned many with its tone and threats. Among many things, he shouted he would support no one in the Parliament.

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