Stanishev Blasts Bulgarian President's Call for New Voting Rules
Bulgarian Socialist Party leader Sergey Stanishev has strongly criticized the amendments to the country’s election code proposed by President Rosen Plevneliev.
In a televised address to the nation late on Wednesday, Plevneliev proposed a referendum in which Bulgarians will have their say on whether they want to elect some of their MPs directly rather than from party lists, voting made obligatory and electronic voting allowed.
But Stanishev believes the President’s sole purpose is to serve the interests of the opposition.
“It is clear what this initiative aims to achieve – prevent us from passing a new election code,” Stanishev, who is also president of the Party of European Socialists, told reporters on Thursday.
Stanishev further accused Plevneliev of having been elected after “manipulations and ballot-rigging.”
Bulgaria’s embattled Socialist-led government, which has so far survived despite eight months of relentless anti-graft protests, has firmly refused to back Plevneliev’s proposal.
If approved by Parliament, which appears highly unlikely, the referendum would take place along with the European elections in May.
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