Ex-Journalist Barekov: 'One More MP to Leave GERB'

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Bulgaria: Ex-Journalist Barekov: 'One More MP to Leave GERB' During his pre-election event - and while offering meatballs to supporters - Nikolay Barekov also promised a European-level investigation into monopoly within Bulgarian business. Photo by Bulgaria without Censorship

The journalist-turned-politician Nikolay Barekov, who leads the Bulgaria without Censorship party, announced "one more lawmaker" was to quit center-right GERB on Tuesday.

At a pre-election event in the south-eastern village of Chelopechene, Barekov did not specify which MP was to leave the ranks of GERB. His words were later repeated in his party's press release to the media.

A couple of lawmakers have splintered off their party's parliamentary group and then joined Bulgaria without Censorship over the past months.

Svetlin Tanchev from the opposition GERB party, who firstly announced he wished to become an independent MP, later declared he had become part of Barekov's team. Ruling Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP)'s Rumen Yonchev took the same step in favour of Bulgaria without Censorship.

Municipal councilors and head of local GERB structures later made similar moves. During his campaigning event, Barekov commented on GERB's move to distribute kozunaks (a sweet bread typical in Bulgaria and Romania) among the city of Plovdiv's poor by saying that formerly ruling GERB had led people to starvation.

He also suggested opposition representatives had been rummaging about the Municipality's database and this would explain why they distributed kozunaks only among those in need. Barekov described their actions as "cynical", amid a scandal involving personal data misuse by political parties who randomly added some people's names to their EU elections registrations list.

Barekov is a controversial figure in Bulgaria, with some voters ready to embrace him as a "clean" figure in politics and others alleging he has murky connections with businessmen.

Experts have suggested that Bulgaria without Censorship is currently the only party having representatives in Parliament without having run in parliamentary elections.

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je suis anglais - 23 Apr 2014 // 10:17:56

european elections aren't so vital - for the national elections they usually give free beer and kiofte
4 years of snouts on trough for the politicians in return for a few thousand beers and kiofte....makes US election spending look like a real waste.

Optimistic - 22 Apr 2014 // 22:45:03

He hasn't offered me 5 levs and a bowl of soup so I'm not voting for that mean facist bastard. I have my princilpes.

Vladimir Ilyich - 22 Apr 2014 // 22:26:12

It is simple minded peasants like Optimistic who look up to that half witted moron Barekov and believe his bull**** - unfortunately Bulgaria is full of uneducated retards like Optimistic.

Zapatista - 22 Apr 2014 // 16:31:40

Barekov looks like the sort of politician you would expect in Ukraine or Russia. Botox injected and Breguet wearing Putin starts looking more and more German by the day :)

Vladimir K. - 22 Apr 2014 // 09:14:08

Barekov doesn't even need to talk, he looks corrupt mafioso enough only by looks!

Optimistic - 21 Apr 2014 // 21:39:57

You who posted this crap, this Barekov Facist I would not vote for him, but you are right he is a dispicable clown, absolute scum and an embaresment for Bulgaria.

Vladimir Ilyich - 21 Apr 2014 // 20:57:35

Only fascist pigs like Optimistic will vote for that despicable clown Barekov.

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