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Ex-journalist establishes Bulgaria without Censorship party (ROUNDUP)

Ex-journalist establishes Bulgaria without Censorship party (ROUNDUP)

26 January 2014 | 03:51 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Constituent assembly for the official establishments of the Bulgaria without Censorship political party took place at the National Palace of Culture in the Bulgarian capital city Sofia on Saturday, FOCUS News Agency reported.
More than 5,000 people were expected to attend the official founding of the party of former journalists and television manager Nikolay Barekov.
Bulgaria without Censorship chose its logo to be the Rosette from Pliska, while its flag will be of the colours blue and yellow.
”The ”infants” of [late PM Andrey] Lukanovv gathered in a team – [former PM] Rumen Petkov, [former President Georgi] Parvanov, [leader of the Bulgaria for Citizens Movement Meglena] Kuneva, [former PM Boyko] Borisov, [former PM Ivan] Kostov, [former Interior Minister Tsvetan] Tsvetanov. Do Bulgarian people need to vote for these well-known outdated figures? In contrast to Stanishev [Sergey Stanishev, leader of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP)], I can say – I am ready to become leader of Bulgaria without Censorship, being elected by the people, and to be a candidate of the post of Prime Minister,” Nikolay Barekov said speaking at the constituent assembly.
He also remarked Bulgarian people needed political bravery like theirs.
”We would like to govern, which we will [work to] deserve, in at least two political mandates, in the middle of the first mandate there will be a sharp improvement in people’s incomes, at the end of the second – we will set up a referendum so that a Grand National Assembly could be convened. We will demand that party subsidies are decreased and MP immunities are abolished,” Barekov said.
”We want to change the way of making politics in Bulgaria, we have ready at hand economic and political solutions to the main issues Bulgaria is faced with today – poverty, economy, corruption. We will secure jobs for all Bulgarian citizens and higher incomes, if they [are willing] to work. We will implement all the necessary reforms, guaranteeing continuity [in this respect], transparency and eradication of corruption, which is taking advantage of Bulgarian society. I call for life imprisonment not to be removed from the Penal Code as a result of my government a number of politicians will be investigated and probably imprisoned,” Mr Barekov further commented.
He remarked at the party’s constituent assembly capitalism and market economy but with a ”human face” was his message.
Mr Barekov also said hatred among political elites which had reached down to Bulgarian people was the big issue [the country faced].
”You are not to blame for the failure of political elites – we will be to blame unless we make a last attempt for a change,” Nikolay Barekov addressed the people attending the event.
They kept a minute of silence to honour the memory of all those who cause for Bulgaria’s causes irrespective of their ideologies.
Nikolay Barekov announced some interesting pieces of news.
”MPs with the Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (CEDB) party will leave the CEDB parliamentary group in a few weeks,” he said.
Mr Barekov said the MPs did not wish to become independent; they wanted to leave the Parliament as they were disgusted with the situation in the country.
Nikolay Barekov also commented on Svetlin Tanchev, who left the CEDB parliamentary group, saying Mr Tanchev felt his values were no longer CEDB values.
He also said MP with the Coalition for Bulgaria Rumen Yonchev would leave the coalition’s parliamentary group probably in a few days.
Mr Yonchev chairs a party which is a partner in the coalition.
Nikolay Barekov said he had spoken with Mr Yonchev and stated he would support his leaving the coalition.
”We will strengthen our partnership with the Bulgaria without Censorship with aview to the forthcoming Europena elections,” Mr Yonchev said in an interview for FOCUS News Agency.
He stated his partnership with the newly-established Bulgaria without Censorship party and its leader Nikolay Barekov was no secret and they had been preparing to participate in the European elections together.
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Kostas Sasmatzoglou, EPP: The news connecting Nikolay Barekov with EPP is nothing more than mere speculations

Kostas Sasmatzoglou, EPP: The news connecting Nikolay Barekov with EPP is nothing more than mere speculations

24 January 2014 | 16:57 | FOCUS News Agency
Brussels. None of the members from the European People’s Party (EPP), whose names have been mentioned in publications in Bulgarian media, will attend the official establishment of the political party of journalist Nikolay Barekov – this is nothing more than mere speculations, Kostas Sasmatzoglou, Head of the Press and Communication Department with EPP, said exclusively for Focus News Agency.
Asked to comment on the recent publications that Mr Barekov was invited to attend the EPP congress in Dublin (March 6-7), Mr Sasmatzoglou explained that there was no truth in such statements, whatsoever, adding that the only Bulgarian political parties, who had received invitations for the Dublin Congress, were parties, which were EPP members.

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Nikolay Barekov’s party to be called Bulgaria without Censorship

Nikolay Barekov’s party to be called Bulgaria without Censorship

19 January 2014 | 15:58 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. "Our future political party will be called Bulgaria without Censorship," leader Nikolay Barekov said speaking at a sitting of the Sofia organisation of the Bulgaria without Censorship movement, which was held at Hall 6 at the National Palace of Culture, the press centre of the movement announced.
The forum was held only a week before the Founding Assembly, which will start at 12 at noon on January 25 at Hall 1 of the National Palace of Culture.
Mr Barekov said the proposed names for the party had been discussed within focus groups composed of citizens and supporters yet he added the final name of the new political formation would be established at the Founding Assembly.
He stated the movement was the first one to concentrate on real social issues.
"We believe Bulgaria’s two main problems are our poverty, which is hard to believe, and unemployment. This has given rise to the demographic cataclysm, which will be hard to deal with. Some 2 million Bulgarians have left the country," Nikolay Barekov said, stating the parties of the status quo were to blame mainly for these things.
Expert groups will work on policies in different sectors and the main expert group, which Rada Kodzhabasheva will be in charge of, will concentrate on a social-economic programme.
Mr Barekov said further the main task he had outlined was the raising of people’s income.

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