Movement for Rights and Freedoms’ Hristo Biserov quits as party deputy leader, MP

Hristo Biserov, deputy leader of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) and Deputy Speaker of Bulgaria’s 42nd National Assembly, has resigned from all leadership positions of the party and from Parliament.

This was announced on November 3 2013 by the MRF, the party led and supported in the main by Bulgarians of ethnic Turkish descent.

The MRF’s honorary chairman, Ahmed Dogan, and its leader Lyutvi Mestan had accepted Biserov’s resignation.

The MRF is the third-largest party in the 42nd National Assembly, which was elected in May 2013, and is effectively in a coalition government with the second-ranked Bulgarian Socialist Party, holder of the current mandate to govern and target of ongoing popular public protests demanding the immediate resignation of the government.

According to the MRF, the reasons for Biserov (57) to resign were personal, not political.

Hristo Biserov, left, with socialist Speaker of Parliament Mihail Mikov, and Maya Manolova.
Hristo Biserov, left, with socialist Speaker of Parliament Mihail Mikov, and Maya Manolova.

Biserov entered politics in Bulgaria in the early 1990s.

From 1991 to 2000, he was an MP for the right-wing Union of Democratic Forces, but in 2001 was expelled – along with Yordan Tsonev, currently also an MRF MP – from the UDF.

Biserov had been chief secretary of the UDF but was replaced by Ekaterina Mihailova, after he which Biserov announced that he disagreed with the way that leader Ivan Kostov ran the UDF and demanded Kostov’s resignation. This led to his expulsion.

Biserov returned to Parliament in 2005, as an MRF MP.




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