After Bulgarian socialists’ plenum: One arrange the election tickets, others pay the bill (ROUNDUP)31 August 2014 | 03:39 | FOCUS News Agency
According to them, the sittings of the Executive Bureau and of the National Council “pass under heavy and painful atmosphere, and did not leave the participants in good mood, neither did they bring the energy needed for the elections”.
Choosing Kiril Dobrev for leader of the election ticket in Gabrovo can hardly be considered a surprise despite his statements that he would withdraw from the tickets after the announcement of the leaders in the different constituencies last week.
The inclusion of two former ministers with the cabinet of prime minister Plamen Oresharski turned to be even harder and more troublesome – Tanya Andreeva and Desislava Terzieva. The feelings ran so high that the “old” socialists started openly raising the question “who” and “why”. The same questions, which the party kept silent about when the line-up of the Oresharski government was announced.
Another burning issue was the “transfer” of former finance minister Petar Chobanov from the socialists’ tickets to the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF), which was explained with the pressure exerted on him to hand in his resignation few months ago, coming from certain BSP members.
BSP members with different position expressed a position that to some big extent the election tickets were arranged according to the visions and preferences of former chairperson Sergey Stanishev, while the newly-elected chair Mihail Mikov was about to pay the price for the possible election loss, especially if it is a big one.
The loss, which is almost inevitable, will hardly help for the stabilisation of the BSP but on the other hand it will show that the party may lose elections even without Stanishev atop of it, some of the participants at yesterday’s plenum commented.
They also said that though imposing certain preferences in the tickets, the authority of Stanishev was no longer so peremptory like few months ago.
“Obviously Sergey Stanishev [President of the Party of European Socialists (PES) former chairperson of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP)] had his say in the arrangement of BSP’s election tickets,” said Strahil Angelov, BSP member and MP with the 42nd National Assembly, speaking in an interview with Radio FOCUS.
“It seems to me that Stanishev had his say in the working out of the tickets because these two names – [former health minister Tanya] Andreeva and [former regional development minister Desislava] Terzieva, were not brought by me – neither in the tickets nor in the Council of Ministers, but you should rather ask them. They should have the answer.
How come they agreed to join the BSP election tickets since we accused them of being the reason for our failure and that they are responsible for it? They are not leftist politicians, the party does not recognise them, and so on. Still they agreed to join the tickets. This is strange. People should have higher dignity,” Angelov said, commenting on the news that the two former ministers will be listed in BSP’s election tickets.
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