It's Official: Bulgarian Regional Min Plevneliev Nominated for President by Ruling Party

Politics » PRESIDENTAL & LOCAL ELECTIONS 2011 | September 4, 2011, Sunday // 15:25| Views: | Comments: 0
Bulgaria: It's Official: Bulgarian Regional Min Plevneliev Nominated for President by Ruling Party Bulgarian Minister of Regional Development and Public Works Rosen Plevneliev. Photo by BGNES

Bulgaria's ruling party, center-right GERB, has officially nominated Minister of Regional Development Rosen Plevneliev as its candidate in the October 23 presidential elections.

Minister Plevneliev was reputed to be among his party's most likely candidates; speculations were strengthened after Friday he was spotted filming an election video.

In the presidential race, he will be supported by current Bulgarian Minister of Justice Margarita Popova as his running mate.

The candidacies, unusually late for the Bulgarian political tradition, came at a GERB press conference Sunday afternoon amid great interest on the part of media.

The nominations were presented by Bulgarian PM and GERB chair Boyko Borisov and vice-PM and GERB vice-chair Tsvetan Tsvetanov.

Borisov stated that in nominating Plevneliev, GERB has looked for a candidate with a long-term strategic vision and priorities for the development of Bulgaria.

Bulgaria must shape its future with a clear resolve and hard work, stated Minister of Regional Development Rosen Plevneliev at his nomination for presidential candidate by the GERB ruling party.

"I firmly believe that progress and success can happen only when we know where we're going - when we achieve clear priorities and work hard along the way," stated Plevneliev at his nomination.

He added that his professional life up to now is a manifestation of this belief, describing himself as a "man of action."

Minister Plevneliev spoke out in support of a new type of politics that stays clear of politicization and is rather directed at achieving specific and tangible results in people's lives.

Opinion polls conducted over the summer show that the GERB candidate - irrespective of who he is - has by far the largest chances to win the October 23 presidential electiosn.

Plevneliev further sees his thorough acquaintance with the problems of all corners of Bulgaria as making him an especially strong presidential candidate.

"As a minister, I have come to know the problems and the projects of all different regions of our country," said Plevneliev at his nomination.

He vowed to work for the development of all regions of the country and to aid in bringing it to prosperity.

Plevneliev also added that he has had the chance to win the strong esteem of Bulgaria's EU partners, which gives an additional boost to his candidacy.

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