Bulgaria's New Right Wing Wants to 'Restart' DemocracyDomestic | July 26, 2013, Friday // 17:32| views
Former Bulgarian EU Commissioner and leader of the party Bulgaria for Citizens, Meglena Kuneva, says the recently formed right-wing union was launching a political innovation. Photo by BGNES
Bulgaria recently-established Reformist Block, in which most parties are leaning to the right, is opening for a broad civil council to include public figures and NGOs.
The new block includes Democrats for Strong Bulgaria, DSB, the Union of Democratic Forces, UDF, now known as Blue Unity as it comprises smaller formations, Bulgaria for Citizens of former European Commissioner, Meglena Kuneva, the Greens party, and the National Party Freedom and Dignity founded by Kasim Dal, the self-proclaimed top "dissident" from the predominantly ethnic Turkish Movement for Rights and Freedoms, DPS, and Korman Ismailov, a former head of the youth organization of DPS.
At a briefing Friday, the leaders of the five groups said the goal of the civil council will be to rewrite the public contract in order to restart democracy.
They already issued a week ago an open letter to all parties to launch an intense dialogue with citizens.
According to Prof Mihail Nedelchev, former right-wing MP in the Great General Assembly after the fall of Communism, the civil council must turn into a very large union and the foundation of a reformist rule.
"We are launching a political innovation. The time has come for the parties to make a step back and let people participate in formulating political decisions," Kuneva stated.
DSB leader, Radan Kanev, stressed the task of the new block was not to earn people's trust in them, but to reinstate their trust in democracy, adding the solution was an union between parties and citizens.
Ismailov, leader of the National Party Freedom and Dignity, explained a common opinion has emerged between the block and many university professors that the parties in the current parliament have proven dependencies from the oligarchy and must withdraw.
He noted the Reformist Block was seeking maximum common ground and consensus for the future advancement of Bulgaria, but supported the anti-government protests, persisting for over 40 days, with demands for the resignation of the Socialist-endorsed Cabinet of Prime Minister, Plamen Oresharski.
Hristo Panchugov, leader of Blue Unity, underscored the desire of the Reformist Block to tell clearly and firmly to every Bulgarian citizen that they have the right to be included in the civil council.