Confirmed: Alternative Bulgarian Leftists to Run in EU Elections
A rift appears imminent in the Bulgarian Socialist Party, as MEP Ivaylo Kalfin has confirmed that an alternative left-wing project will take part in the upcoming EU elections.
Kalfin told the Bulgarian National Radio on Tuesday that the ABV movement of former left-wing President Georgi Parvanov will endorse its own MEP candidates.
“This will be announced later today,” Kalfin said.
Parvanov’s Alternative for Bulgarian Renaissance (ABV) movement was declared "frozen" less than a year after its launch, but is now set to be revived, triggering suspicions of an even deeper divide among the Bulgarian Socialists.
The first aim of ABV will be the elections for European Parliament in May, where the Movement will have a separate alternative left-wing ballot.
Kalfin, a former Foreign Minister (2005-2009), is expected to head ABV’s EU election list.
Key Bulgarian Socialist Party officials have already condemned Parvanov and Kalfin as “traitors.”
Bulgaria’s fragile Socialist-led government remains in power despite seven months of relentless anti-graft protests.
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