Son of Gunned Down Bulgarian PM Enters Politics

Politics » DOMESTIC | April 30, 2012, Monday // 16:13
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Karlo Lukanov, the son of former Bulgarian Prime Minister Andrey Lukanov, is entering the executive council of a Bulgarian political party called United Social Democracy.

Lukanov-junior told the Bulgarian National Radio on Monday that he had no intention of engaging himself in the political life for quite a long time. However, he pointed out that "a moment has come in which one should not just sit idly by and observe, criticizing from a distance."

The newly established United Social Democracy party is an attempt for the unification of all social democratic movements in Bulgaria, Karlo Lukanov explained.

The party is headed by Kolio Paramov, a former economic advisor to Bulgarian PM Boyko Borisov.

Karlo Lukanov expressed his hope that his father's assassination will be solved one day, adding that such cases are extremely difficult to be solved.

Andrey Lukanov was Bulgaria's last Communist Prime Minister and the first after the collapse of the regime in 1989.

In 1990, Lukanov served as Bulgaria's last Communist Prime Minister, at a time marked by corruption, massive food shortages, and civil unrest.

Lukanov was later charged with embezzlement and arrested, but charges were soon dropped. He had been engaged in controversial business dealings and had often been held responsible for Bulgaria's foreign debt.

Lukanov remained an active political participant in the Bulgarian Socialist (formerly Communist) Party, often criticizing its various members.

He was murdered in October 1996 outside his apartment building in Sofia. He was shot in the head and chest by a lone gunman who fled and was never captured.

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