Bulgaria's Ex-Tsar Saxe-Coburg Not Tempted by Presidency

Politics » DOMESTIC | May 19, 2010, Wednesday // 20:10
Bulgaria: Bulgaria's Ex-Tsar Saxe-Coburg Not Tempted by Presidency Former Bulgarian PM and Tsar Simeon Saxe-Coburg says he will not run for president in 2011. Photo by BGNES

Bulgaria’s former Tsar and Prime Minister, Simeon Saxe-Coburg, has stated he was not interested in running for president in 2011.

“I am not at all motivated by the perspective of ending up as the head of state. I am not tempted by that,” Saxe-Coburg said in an interview for bTV which is to be released Thursday.

“There was an intention to change the life of the Bulgarians in 800 days, not a promise,” said the Bulgarian Prime Minister in 2001-2005 with respect to his famous statement made in April 2001 that the situation in the country could be improved substantially in 800 days.

Saxe-Coburg explained he did not regret his decision to appoint the current Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov the Chief Secretary of the Interior Ministry back in 2001. He admitted he met with Borisov recently, calling him “a successful mayor” regarding the time that the latter served as Sofia Mayor in 2005-2009.

“It is normal for a new government to blame certain issues on the previous government but this should not become a leitmotif,” stated Saxe-Coburg.

He made clear his view that the treatment of former Defense Minister Nikolay Tsonev during his arrest by the police in April was discreditable for Bulgaria and for the EU. The Interior Ministry video of Tsonev’s arrest, in which he was called a “criminal” and was made to kneel down by a prosecutor, spurred a public controversy.

Tsonev was the Minister of Defense in 2008-2009, and a member of Saxe-Coburg’s party, the National Movement for Stability and Prosperity (NMSP).

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