Politics | June 19, 2001, Tuesday // 00:00

The Bulgarian political model stands to win from the loss of the United Democratic Forces in Sunday`s parliamentary elections, Lyuben Dilov Jr., one of the leaders of the Gergyovden-VMRO coalition, told a news conference on Monday. No Bulgarian politician will behave in the future the way the Union of Democratic Forces (UDF) and the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) did. They were alternately in office in the last few years. On Sunday they both lost, placing respectively second and third. This was a good political lesson, Dilov Jr. said. The bipolar model was damaging to Bulgaria, and now it has become possible to have a normally structured political spectrum, VMRO leader Krassimir Karakachanov said. The coalition congratulated the Simeon II National Movement on its election victory and predicted that Simeon Saxe-Coburg`s coalition would command an absolute majority in parliament. If parliament becomes hostage to political passions, hostage to Simeon II`s ruling coalition, it will not be stable, Dilov Jr. said. The results based on 99.87 per cent of the voters show that Gergyovden-VMRO polled 3.67 per cent of the vote and will not cross the 4 per cent threshold for entry into parliament. The coalition said its campaign had been very good. It will continue to work for its voters, above all young people and university graduates. Since Gergyovden-VMRO failed to clear the 4 per cent barrier, those people will remain unrepresented in parliament, Peter Kouroumbashev said. Gergyovden and VMRO will keep their joint political consultative council after the elections.

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