Are Bulgarian Socialists Sleep-Walking?
Everywhere the ruling party GERB and especially its leader Boyko Borisov are struggling to maintain their authority and now are on the ropes. So where is the main opposition party to take advantage of this situation?
The recent rhetoric from the Bulgarian Socialist Party leader Sergey Stanishev was pathetic and is lacking in any coherent attack on the government and its ministers. With Borisov going for President (which he has a good opportunity of winning), and then Simeon Djankov becoming Prime Minister, things will start to change at a pace in the GERB, with Borisov out of the way and not involved in everything as before. The young pretender is hard-nosed and very ambitious!
Simeon Djankov is a big danger to all the political parties in Bulgaria and the only politician who stands out from the rest, and given his head... he may be that elusive leader the Bulgarians have been looking for!!
Stanishev I believe will be thinking of having the cosy arrangement that worked before, with the three-way coalition and him being the mouthpiece for it. Times have changed and Ahmed Dogan's style of politics are over i.e. never attending parliament and having the conceit not to worry what is said. Also there is dissent / rumblings in the DPS and the Turkish government vehemently oppose it. Recent allegations about consultancy fees etc have only gone to further downgrade Dogan's leadership's credibility.
The NMSP are "dead men walking "and very weak having been in a coma the last two years. The gravy train is over for them!
So, the BSP with its massive power base and membership must now attack GERB and stop Borisov becoming President, which might trigger events that they could regret for a long time to come.
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