Ex Bulgaria President Vows Stunning Election Success for ABV Movement
Georgi Parvanov, former two-term Bulgarian President, has said that his ABV Movement will participate in elections in a coalition format.
In a Wednesday for the morning broadcast of Nova TV, Parvanov said that the ABV Movement could run as a coalition in both the European Parliament elections in May and in general elections.
Parvanov, as cited by dnevnik.bg, commented that it was essential that the ABV Movement win at least 2-3 MEP seats at the EP elections in May.
He vowed that the ABV Movement (Alternative for Bulgarian Revival) would be the big surprise at the upcoming European Parliament elections, beating the forecasts of polling agencies.
Bulgaria's former two-term President (2001-2011) and former leader of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) informed that the election list of the ABV Movement was almost ready, adding that the final composition would be announced together with the other parties.
Asked whether he was thinking about a possible return to the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), Parvanov said that the matter was not on his agenda at the current stage, adding that leaving the party had been a painful and somewhat bitter experience in view of all the years spent as part of BSP.
He argued that the leaders of election lists of the major parties had to hold talks to reach agreement on a number of pressing issues such as saving the Bulgarian economy in the case of sanctions against Russia, on salvaging the South Stream gas pipeline project, on measures in the case of a refugee influx towards Bulgaria, etc.
Parvanov expressed support for the proposal of President Rosen Plevneliev for a referendum on election rules, stressing that the questions had to be properly worded, which the head of state had failed to do.
He said that it was important to introduce electronic voting but the timing was too early for the country.
Parvanov drew attention to a proposal of the ABV Movement for reducing party subsidies dramatically to BGN 2 per vote from the current BGN 10 per vote. He claimed that the step would not make political parties dependent on their sponsors because the formations were already receiving such donations.
He boasted that the ABV Movement was the first step towards cracking the monopoly in Bulgarian politics.
Parvanov said there were serious reasons to believe that he and other members of the ABV Movement had been wiretapped. He went on to say that the website of the movement had been hacked, adding that tests had shown that the attack had come from an IP address on Dondukov 1 Street, Sofia, the address of the Council of Ministers headquarters.
As regards Bulgaria's stance on the crisis in Ukraine, he cautioned that Bulgaria would be worst hit by potential sanctions against Russia.
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