Borisov vs Parvanov - Who's the Real Statesman?

Letters to the Editor | May 17, 2011, Tuesday // 20:49| Views: | Comments: 0

Both men represent Bulgaria on the world stage in different capacities and the way that they present themselves is very important for their country, especially with its bad image worldwide.

Georgi Parvanov has been the President of Bulgaria since 2002 and is coming to the end of his second term in the autumn. Although an ex communist he has embraced democracy and seen the advantages to himself and his party the BSP. Exploiting every opportunity that is presented to him.

As a representative of Bulgaria Parvanov can't be faulted, he is always well turned out and looks the part of a President. His rhetoric is never controversial (abroad) and he is the consummate diplomat promoting Bulgaria when he can. His image has taken a real plunge at home, through his constant slanging matches with his archrival... Borisov. Thank God most people can't understand the Bulgarian language or are not that interested in its domestic politics!!

Boyko Borisov on the other hand is the new kid on the block and with his self-belief and massive ego has taken the role of a statesman very effortlessly, since he became the PM nearly two years ago. Borisov's appearance is not the same as Parvanov and because of his build and short haircut will always look comical in a suit and not easy to distinguish from his bodyguards. He uses this image to his advantage when meeting people. Borisov is also a sycophant in his clumsy way and uses these skills along with intimidation to assert his points.

There is a saying that goes like this. "You can't make a silk purse out of a sows ear" and that's Boyko Borisov. Borisov is very persistent, extremely scheming and not a quitter, but his lack of intellectual ability and understanding of the subject matter, will always be his  "Achilles heel "

Parvanov will always come out on top for being more statesmen like. Borisov has got a long way to go and lots to learn from the master Parvanov.

Keith Gregory

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