Bulgarian Ex-Journalist Nikolay Barekov Founds PartyDomestic | January 25, 2014, Saturday // 15:48| views
Nikolay Barekov. Photo by BGNES
Former Bulgarian journalist Nikolay Barekov has officially launched his brand new political project on Saturday.
Wesley Clark, former Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO (1997-2000), also attended the assembly for the official establishments of political party.
The first assembly of Barekov’s party, Bulgaria without Censorship, took place at Sofia’s National Palace of Culture.
"We want to change the way of doing politics in Bulgaria," stated Barekov in his address.
"We have ready economic and political decisions of Bulgaria's main problems today - poverty, poor economy, corruption. We will ensure jobs for all Bulgarian citizens, guaranteeing higher incomes," added he.
"We will implement all reforms needed, working for coherent and transparent politics and a rooting out of corruption," said the former journalist.
In his speech, Barekov was critical of Bulgaria's former ruling party GERB, his main political foe, as well as of the rightist Reformist Bloc, and people around former Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov who broke out from the ruling Bulgarian Socialist Party.
The first showing of Bulgaria without Censorship is expected to be European Elections 2014 in May.
In September 2013, Barekov, a TV host and journalist, officially quit TV7 and its sister channels, and announced an upcoming political career, suggesting his ambitions reach very high, including the positions of Bulgarian PM or President.
On May 11 2013, the day before the last general elections in Bulgaria, Nikolay Barekov was the one to break the story about 350 000 allegedly illegal ballots discovered inside a printing house, suspected to be used to manipulate the early vote.
Barekov claimed then the ballots were to be used by the formerly-ruling Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB, to twist the vote results as the printing house in the town of Kostinbrod, near Sofia, was owned by a GERB municipal councilor.
Back in February 2013, the journalist, who during the entire GERB term was criticized, and even ridiculed, for blindly supporting its government ministers and its leader, former Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, suddenly turned into their archenemy after Borisov announced he was resigning.
The resignation came in the aftermath of mass protest rallies against poverty, stagnation, and corruption. From strong supporter of the former PM and of GERB, TV7 turned virulently critical to them.
TV7 is also linked to controversial businessman and MP Delyan Peevski, whose election in June 2013 as the new head of Bulgaria's State Agency for National Security (DANS), stirred widespread outrage and protest rallies. Barekov and his entourage have staged a number of pro-government counter-rallies since June.