Bulgarian Ex-PM Calls for Dialogue amid Political TensionsDomestic | November 20, 2013, Wednesday // 15:24| views
Former Bulgarian PM Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. File photo by razuznavane.com
Former Bulgarian PM Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha has once again voiced concern over the political turmoil in the country, urging all involved parties to seek dialogue.
In an analysis posted on his website, kingsimeon.bg, Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha has criticized the occupying protests staged by university students in the country, noting that the country needs “unity and consensus.”
The former PM has called upon Bulgarians to vote more actively and to pick their lawmakers more carefully.
He has also urged Bulgarians to be more tolerant to the growing number of Syrian refugees in the country, warning that the anti-refugee propaganda spread by ultranationalist politicians is dangerous and harmful.
“Twenty-four years after the democratic changes started in our country, a whole noew generation grew up in Bulgaria. We should have gotten rid of confrontation and violence a long time ago, becoming more democratic and tolerant towards each other,” he said.
Born in 1937, Simeon Saxe-Coburg was enthroned, under a regency, as Bulgaria's tsar following the untimely death of his father Boris III in 1943. In 1946 he was formally deposed by the communist regime and had to flee the country with hisfamily.
Simeon re-entered Bulgarian politics with a blast in 2001, founding the liberal National Movement for Stability and Prosperity, which decisively won general elections that year.
Following elections in 2005, NMSP was a partner in a tripartite coalition cabinet (2005-2009) with the Bulgarian Socialist Party and the liberal Movement for Rights and Freedoms.
Simeon was not part of the cabinet chaired by socialist leader Sergey Stanishev, but continued to exert influence over Bulgarian politics via an informal "coalition council" consisting of him, Stanishev and then MRF leader Ahmed Dogan.
Wednesday marks the 160th straight day of relentless anti-corruption protests demanding the resignation of the current coalition government formed by the Bulgarian Socialist Party and the Movement for Rights and Freedoms, with the support of ultranationalist party Ataka.
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