Another MP out of Bulgaria' Ex-king Party

Politics | December 5, 2007, Wednesday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0

The number of MPs out of Bulgaria's former king Simeon Saxe-Coburg's NMSP party reached 14 after another member decided to leave on Wednesday, following internal dissent.

The last MP who handed in his request to quit membership in the party is Svetoslav Spasov.

"I expect more MPs to leave NMSP, which has lost its liberal profile," Spasov told reporters.

According to Spasov the number of MPs out of the king's party will reach 20.

MPs Yordan Kostadinov and Mariana Kostadinova are claimed to be the next to give in resignations.

The 14 MPs are expected to announce Wednesday the establishing of a new parliamentary group, dismissing deputy party leader Milen Velchev's calls to resign from the parliament as well.

The rift in NMSP came over the decisions of the party congress in June, when the influent "lawyers" lobby was left without any representation in the party leadership.

They went on to accuse Milen Velchev of rigging the elections, which has irked Saxe-Coburg.

Below is the complete list of the MPs, who are already out of the party:

1. Plamen Panayotov, former deputy PM and parliamentary group leader.
2. Lidiya Shuleva, former Social and Economy Minister
3. Nikolay Svinarov, former Defense Minister
4. Borislav Ralchev
5. Borislav Velikov
6. Vladimir Donchev
7. Atanas Shterev
8. Tatyana Kalkanova
9. Vanya Tzvetkova
10. Ilko Dimitrov
11. Valentin Miltenov
12. Krastanka Shaklian
13. Boyko Boev
14. Svetoslav Spasov
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