Sofia, 7 Other Cities Go to By-elections Oct 29

Politics | August 10, 2005, Wednesday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0

Sofia and seven other cities will go to by-elections on October 29 after their mayors became MPs in 40th parliament.

Bulgarian President issued a decree Wednesday to appoint the date of elections in Sofia, Sevlievo, Russe, Devnya, Panagyurishte, Peshtera, Mizia and Razgrad. By-elections will be held also in three smaller villages.

Sofia Mayor Stefan Sofianski has won a difficult battle two years ago for a third mandate in the mayoral chair. The coalition of Bulgarian People's Union, part of which is Sofianski's Union of Free Democrats, has managed to survive the narrow 4% threshold at this year's elections earning 5.2% of votes, according to interim results. Sofianski entered Parliament on the BNS ticket in Varna.

Another empty municipal chair was left in Russe where Eleonora Nikolova became an MP on the ticket of rightist United Democratic Forces (UtDF). This is the second case that the city's mayor "defects" to take on a higher position in the executive. Dimitar Kalchev also left the mayoral chair to become Minister of State Administration in the cabinet of Simeon Saxe-Coburg.

Elections 2005 has suspended the fourth-in-a-row mayoral tenure of Venelin Uzunov, entered the 40th parliament on the ticket of Bulgarian Socialist Party. Razgrad is one of half a dozen constituencies in Bulgaria where the socialists have come second in votes after ethnic Turkish Movement for Rights and Freedoms.

The Rhodopes town of Peshtera has lost its long-year ruling mayor after Georgi Peterneychev became an MP also on the socialists' ticket.
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