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Bulgarian NewsPoll: 3-5 Bulgarian Parties to Enter EP after May 2014 Vote
Sunday, 9th March 2014
A survey of the Institute of Modern Politics (IMP) shows that the ruling Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) has a slight edge over its main rival center-right party GERB.
According to the poll, if the European Parliament elections were held today, BSP would be backed by 18.8% of voters, center-right party GERB (Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria) by 18%; the coalition of Bulgaria without Censorship of former TV host Nikolay Barekov with nationalist party VMRO and ZNS (Agrarian National Union) by 8%; liberal party Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) by 4.3%; the ABV Movement of former Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov by 3.9%; the right-wing formation The Reformist Bloc by 3.6%; nationalist party Ataka by 3%; nationalist party National Front for the Salvation of Bulgaria (NFSB) by 1.2%.
The poll, conducted in February, registered an upward trend in the support for the Bulgaria without Censorship-VMRO-ZNS union, at 8%, from 5.6% in January 2014 and 5% in December 2013. The coalition has climbed to third place after ruling party BSP and former ruling party GERB.
The poll also shows a 1% increase in the support for the ABV Movement to 3.9% and an increase in the rating of nationalist party Ataka to 3% from 1.6% in January 2014.
Right-wing formation The Reformist Bloc continues to lose support among voters, dropping to 3.6% in February 2014 from 4.5% in January 2014 and 4.8% in December 2013.
Parties such as the Bulgarian Greens party (Zelenite), the "Modern Bulgaria" civic movement, and the People's Voice party of Hipodil frontman SvetoslavVitkov, which took part in the last elections, register support of around 1%, according to the poll, as cited by the BGNES news agency.
Some 25.7% of the polled say they will not vote.
According to IMP, if the trends persist up to the European Parliament elections in May 2014, 3-5 Bulgarian parties will be represented in the EP.
Around ¾ of the polled back the proposal to hold a referendum on the electoral system alongside the EP elections and 24% of the polled oppose the idea.
At the same time, 58.2% of the polled back the introduction of compulsory voting, while 35.1% reject the proposal.
Bulgarian Socialists Deem Ex-President ‘Self-Expelled’ from Party
Saturday, 8th March 2014
The Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) is set to announce the "self-expulsion" of former Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov.
At its upcoming National Council on Friday, Bulgaria's ruling party will also declare the resignation of key BSP members who earlier joined Parvanov's splinter movement called Alternative for Bulgarian Renaissance (ABV), Dnevnik.bg has learned.
Former Interior Minister Rumen Petkov and the city of Pernik's mayor Rositsa Yanakieva are among the ones whose membership is to be cancelled.
The list also includes prof. Georgi Bliznashki, a Sofia University lecturer who has been in the party's leadership for years.
A few weeks earlier, Bliznashki headed the initiative committee collecting signatures for a referendum on voting rules proposed by President Rosen Plevneliev, a move that was largely looked at by BSP as an attack on their current electoral legislation.
Georgi Parvanov, who led the BSP before being elected for President in 2001, has been at odds with the socialists over the last few months after surprisingly announcing the ABV movement would set up its own list at the European Elections, led by MEP Ivaylo Kalfin.
The former President then declined to leave the BSP, thus continuing a long-lasting leadership battle within the party.
Ivaylo Kalfin, who remained a BSP MP after the scandal erupted, is not among those to be expelled.
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The Bulgarian Cultural and Social Association "Rodina" promotes Bulgarian culture, traditions and language among the Bulgarian community in NSW. For over 30 years we have been fostering knowledge and understanding about the Bulgarian culture and history by organising social events, forums, exhibitions, performances and other public initiatives. We seek to strengthen the social, economic, educational and cultural ties between Australia and Bulgaria. Therefore, maintaining a close relationship with Australian organisations and institutions in Australia is of significant importance to us. As part of Multi-Cultural Australia we aim to contribute and enrich its diverse culture. Rodina collaborates and co-operates with other Bulgarian and cultural organisations in Australia.