'Bulgarian SYRIZA' to Seek Running in Local Elections This Year

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Bulgaria: 'Bulgarian SYRIZA' to Seek Running in Local Elections This Year Velizar Enchev (C) alongside other members of his Movement for Radical Change set up the entity on Sunday in the St Nikola monastary in Arbanasi, Veliko Tarnovo. Photo by BGNES

A Bulgarian lawmaker formed on Saturday movement called Bulgarian Spring which is said to be modeled after Greece's far-left SYRIZA party.

Enchev told members and supporters that in 25 years of democracy in Bulgaria, there have been 25 blows to the country which have turned it into the EU's poorest member state.

Velizar Enchev, a former diplomat, intelligence officer and journalist, quit the nationalist Patriotic Front coalition just weeks after entering Parliament to establish his own entity which will gradually take the shape of a party, in his own words.

On Sunday he and a few hundred of his "followers" founded the Movement for Radical Change in Veliko Tarnovo, a city in north-central Bulgaria which was also the capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom between the 12th and 14th century.

The civic movement could grow into a party as early as this summer, with at least 500 supporters needed which Enchev is currently seeking to gather.

He has openly declared running in local elections this autumn as a priority.

Enchev earlier drew himself a comparison to SYRIZA explaining the entity will have a social nature and will convey left-wing messages.

His proposals include a 70% tax on personal income exceeding BGN 1 M.

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Lily B - 5 Apr 2015 // 14:51:53

Don't forget that dump Pernik which is a stone throw away from Sofia which has held the number one position now for couple of decades as the worst place on the entire European continent.

reality check - 5 Apr 2015 // 14:30:00

All those gazillion Bulgarian parties are not there to represent the people and those that elected them. They are in on it so they can collect the subsidies and get as many MEP slots as possible. And then each MEP brings along another 10 close associates as assistants, and all this on EU's dime. It's an industry... In the meantime the majority of the hard working people back in Bulgaria earn EUR 175 per month, that's if they even have a job.

peterperfect - 5 Apr 2015 // 10:55:24

Another new party?......Bulgaria seems to breed political parties like new shops.........open 1 minute and closed the next!!! Seriously though, the main political parties should take note that this is a sign of some serious unrest among the electorate because THEY (the parties) are not seen a representing the people. An MP's job should not be seen as a ticket to wealth and position, if that is all MP's see it as then this country will have another revolution.

Gordon Mitchell - 4 Apr 2015 // 12:18:16

If this quote is correct... His proposals include a 70% tax on personal income exceeding BGN 1 M... which, in the real world of finance is peanuts, then anyone with real money will leave before they get into power, leaving less oportunity for the people by investors?

Riichie - 4 Apr 2015 // 11:39:08

A nationalist turning into a socialist, where have we seen that before? I believe the abbreviation used then was na-zi.

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