Bulgaria’s DSB Party to Decide on Its Reformist Bloc Membership

Domestic | March 13, 2016, Sunday // 13:49|  views

Radan Kanev. Photo by BGNES

Democrats for Strong Bulgaria (DSB), who had gone in opposition to the coalition government, are expected to decide at a national conference on Sunday whether the party will remain part of junior coalition partner the Reformist Bloc (RB), bTV broadcaster has reported.

Right-wing DSB led by Radan Kanev is also expected to change the party charter to make it easier to expel Health Minister Petar Moskov.

Moskov has remained as Health Minister in the minority coalition government of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov even after Kanev announced in December 2015 that it was withdrawing support for the cabinet in disagreement over the rejection of proposals for judicial reform by parliament. DSB has been strongly in favour of the reform proposals and failure to push them through parliament forced Justice Minister Hristo Ivanov to resign.

Under the DSB founding charter, a decision of the party’s seven-member arbitration committee is needed to expel Moskov. A change to the charter will make suffice a decision by the party cell of which Moskov is member, according to bTV.

Moskov left the position of DSB deputy chairman in December 2015 after the party moved into opposition. He was absent from Sunday’s national conference in Sofia.

On January 23, Radan Kanev announced that he would launch a new right-wing political project centered around DSB, which would have nothing to do with the RB.

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Tags: conference, Moskov, Kanev, DSB, Bulgaria, Reformist Bloc


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