Bulgaria Socialist Leaders: Decline of Borisov's GERB Has Started
After their candidate Georgi Kadiev lost overwhelmingly to GERB's Yordanka Fandakova in the Sofia Mayor Elections Sunday, the leaders of the Bulgarian Socialist Party have declared that this was the start of GERB and Borisov's decline.
According to BSP Chair and former PM Sergey Stanishev, the Bulgarian Socialist Party was already investing serious efforts for internal reform after it was defeated by PM Borisov’s GERB party in the July 2009 Elections.
“The voter turnout was extremely low. This is because over the last four months the country has been governed through scandals and many people have lost faith in politics,” Stanishev said.
“If today’s elections were held in the coming spring, their results would have been different,” the former PM declared.
In his words, there was no way to tell how many of the 160 000 people who voted for Fandakova were supporters of GERB, Ataka or the Blue Coalition. He stressed that there were populist parties which have supplanted the traditional right. At the same time, all of the some 65 000 voters who supported Kadiev all belonged to the BSP.
“This result is worthy of respect, and shows the BSP is the only alternative to GERB,” Stanishev said.
The BSP Deputy Chair Rumen Ovcharov remarked that the “respectable” result of the Socialists demonstrated that there was stability in the party, and the internal reforms were progressing steadily, while the GERB was conceited, and could not handle the government.
“BSP is rising on its feet, whereas GERB lives under the illusion that it will govern for 30 years. They are strong in the concentration of power. They vote under command. The same goes for their rightist allies. There have been clear signs that any opposition attempts will be crushed. Bulgaria is being ruled by Borisov through a mobile phone. He has buttons for everything. Now he is going to have a button for the Sofia Mayor as well. Borisov is high-spirited, sounds convincing, but is incompetent,” Stanishev declared.
“This is where the road downhill starts for GERB,” his Deputy Ovcharov said pointing out that in 2 years when Bulgaria will be holding new regular Presidential and Local Elections, the Socialist Party would have gone a long way in reforming itself.
Stanishev himself said the BSP has serious internal reserves and dynamic internal energies going on right now that it was going to capitalize upon.
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It is clear that the crisis in the BSP has deepened even furhter and the leadership has lost touch with reality. The voter turnout in Sofia was low because the result of the vote was obvious and people didn't bother to vote. It was obvious there was only one feasable candidate and the BSP has not been able to offer an alternative.