Ex-Bulgarian President Accuses Own Party of Witch-Hunt
Bulgaria's former two-term President and former socialist leader, Georgi Parvanov, accused his own party of witch-hunting and being shaken by fear.
Speaking at a press briefing Wednesday, which attracted huge media interest, he said he has read the Code of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) and had not found the term "self-expulsion" anywhere in it.
"The party's National Council does not have authority when it comes to membership. It could remove us from the Council itself, but it cannot expel us. Weakness and fear shake the party's leadership," said Parvanov.
On Tuesday, after a meeting of the Executive Bureau of BSP, the Deputy Chairman of the party, Dimitar 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," which equaled self-expulsion and the latter is the position adopted unanimously by the entire party leadership.
Parvanov further declared he would not respond to the invitation and would not attend the Plenum where his and others' likely expulsion over reviving the Alternative for Bulgarian Renaissance (ABV) movement and the endorsement of own MEP candidates will be voted.
He stated he didn't see any sense in participating in such clash, labeling the self-expulsion decision a "witch-hunt."
The former President added he was not going to sue BSP because he was feeling deeply connected with it and stressed he had no intention of making the ABV movement a political party.
"I will work for ABV's inclusion in the party, not its exclusion," he explained.
Parvanov bitterly concluded that the country does need a much stronger left wing, but the truth had to be voiced. He designated as ABV's main opponent that should be kept out of power the formerly ruling centrist party Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB) of ex-Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov.
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