Ex-Bulgarian President Faces Expulsion from Own Socialist Party
Bulgaria's former President and former socialist leader, Georgi Parvanov, is likely to be expelled from the party this Saturday.
This has emerged after the Tuesday meeting of the Executive Bureau of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP).
The Deputy Chairman of the party, Dimitar Dabov, said that Parvanov and former Interior Minister and former BSP Member of the Parliament, Rumen Petkov, have until Saturday to reconsider the reviving of their Alternative for Bulgarian Renaissance (ABV) movement and the endorsement of own MEP candidates.
Dabov explained that under the Party Code all BSP members who have voiced support for ABV have "placed themselves outside the scope of the Code" and the latter is the position adopted unanimously by the entire party leadership.
He said the above did not equal a decision to expel them from party ranks and this position will be further debated at the party Plenum Saturday. Parvanov and Petkov have been invited to attend.
After the debate, the BSP National Council will hold a vote and if the position receives the support of the majority, the renegades will be expelled.
Socialist MEP Iliyana Yotova stated that this was a "war for the party," stressing the leadership extended a hand to Parvanov, a gesture that he has interpreted as an ultimatum.
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