Socialist Sofia Mayor Bidder Kadiev: Borisov's Tide Is Falling

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Bulgaria: Socialist Sofia Mayor Bidder Kadiev: Borisov's Tide Is Falling Georgi Kadiev (right) together with Socialist leader Sergey Stanishev during the Election Night news conference. Photo by BGNES

Georgi Kadiev of the Bulgarian Socialist Party, wished Sunday night best of luck to GERB's Fandakova who defeated him in the Sofia Mayor Elections.

In his words, she was going to need it since “she is going to encounter great hardship” that Kadiev said he did not even wish to his greatest enemies.

Kadiev pointed out he had managed to attract about 8% of the people who voted for Borisov’s GERB party in the July Parliamentary Elections, which he interpreted to mean that those rightist voters thought the hegemony of one political party was detrimental to the country.

“There was a tide for Borisov and GERB but the tide has started to ebb,” Kadiev declared adding that the BSP was the only alternative of the ruling party and its allies.

“Today the Bulgarian Socialist Party showed character. I am happy that my party and I left this race with dignity,” said the “red yuppie” who attracted about 65 000 votes, or some 28% of the eligible Sofia voters.

“My campaign was especially difficult because I had a woman as my rival. I could not afford to become too aggressive because it would seem as if I was attacking her,” Kadiev explained.

“His assessment of me seems to amount to a one-way ticket for his Finance Minister, something which the Minister deserves,” the Socialist candidate said regarding the earlier comment by Prime Minister Boyko Borisov that Kadiev had put up a good fight and was “the only man” in the Socialist Party. Kadiev apparently meant that Finance Minister Djankov’s policies had been failing while his criticism of the government had been correct.

“GERB’s bench is rather short. They seem to have only several key figures, and to be using them for various positions – first Members of Parliament, then Ministers, then EU Commissioners, then Mayors,” said Kadiev, who is a current City Councilor in Sofia from the BSP.

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