Bulgaria's Former PM Holds No Ambitions of Returning to BSP Leadership

Politics » DOMESTIC | March 28, 2015, Saturday // 14:09
Bulgaria: Bulgaria's Former PM Holds No Ambitions of Returning to BSP Leadership Former Bulgarian Prime Minister and leader of Party of European Socialists (PES) Sergei Stanishev. Photo: BGNES

Bulgaria's former Prime Minister Sergei Stanishev holds no ambitions of returning to the leadership of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP).

Stanishev, who is currently one of Bulgaria's 17 Members of the European Parliament (MEP), will focus on his leadership of the Party of European Socialists (PES).

His priority was to be reelected as leader of PES in the summer, Stanishev said in an interview for Darik radio on Saturday.

Stanishev described the three years, in which he simultaneously held the leadership positions of BSP and PES, as being difficult.

He commented the plans of BSP and its leader Mihail Mikov to introduce amendments to the party's statute.

The foreseen amendments aim to limit the mandates of municipal and district party leaders in the event of electoral losses.

Another change is banning former leaders of BSP, such as Stanishev, to run as candidates for the position at the regular congress of the party.

Stanishev deemed these changes to the statute as unnecessary as these would not solve the party's problems.

According to him, BSP should come out more united from the forthcoming congress, which will take place next Saturday and Sunday.

In his words, BSP had to concentrate on the forthcoming local elections and posing a more formidable opposition to its main competitor GERB.

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Tags: BSP, PES, Sergei Stanishev, MEP, leadership, Mihail Mikov, Congress, statute, local elections, GERB
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