Ultra-nationalists, populists form ‘Bulgarian Patriots’ alliance for July elections

Ultra-nationalist parties VMRO and the National Front for the Salvation of Bulgaria, along with populists Volya, have agreed to stand together in Bulgaria’s July 11 2021 parliamentary elections under the name “Bulgarian Patriots”, the parties announced on May 20.

The leaders of the three parties – Krassimir Karakachanov, Valeri Simeonov and Vesselin Mareshki – will not stand as candidate MPs.

The decision for the leaders not to stand follows a proposal by Karakachanov, against a background of previous infighting that brought down earlier “patriotic” coalitions.

In Bulgaria’s April 4 parliamentary elections, no ultra-nationalist formation surpassed the threshold of a four per cent share of votes to win seats in the National Assembly

VMRO came the closest, at 3.64 per cent. The Volya-National Front for the Salvation of Bulgaria electoral coalition got 2.37 per cent.

The electoral coalition has 10 “basic principles”.

These are national reconciliation and cessation of inter-institutional wars, increase of incomes and pensions, measures against monopolies and cartels, adoption of a Private Bankruptcy Act, overcoming the demographic catastrophe, preventing the Movement for Rights and Freedoms from governing Bulgaria, an independent and nationally responsible foreign policy, protection of the traditional family and prevention of same-sex marriages, cessation of social parasitism, introduction of educational qualifications in voting, decentralisation, zero tolerance for corruption, as well as a new social contract.

Meanwhile, at the initiative of Bulgarian Socialist Party leader Kornelia Ninova – whose party ran third on April 4 – negotiations are underway on forming a broad left-wing coalition.

Involved in these negotiations are Movement 21 leader Tatyana Doncheva, ABV founder and former Bulgarian president Georgi Purvanov and party leader Roumen Petkov and Normal Bulgarian party leader Georgi Kadiev.

All these parties are ones that, over the years, broke away from the BSP.

In the April elections, Doncheva and Movement 21 were part of the “Rise Up! Mobsters Out!” electoral coalition, which won seats to become the now-defunct 45th National Assembly’s smallest group. Doncheva was elected Deputy Speaker from the quota of the parliamentary group.

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