GERB's presidential nomination far from final, says Tsvetanov

GERB's presidential nomination far from final, says Tsvetanov

The nomination of ruling party GERB for the 2011 elections for Bulgarian president will become clear by the summer of 2011, Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov told private bTV channel on May 4 2010.He was asked to comment on Prime Minister Boyko Borissov's words that he (Tsvetanov) would be GERB's nomination for president. On April 30 2010, Borissov said that one of his two Deputy Prime Ministers, Tsvetanov, or Finance Minister Simeon Dyankov, would be GERB's presidential candidate. Subsequently, Borissov said that this would be Tsvetanov."A nomination announced a year-and-a-half ahead of the elections cannot be final," Tsvetanov said, noting that GERB's nomination would be known at some point in the summer of 2011.Tsvteanov said that he learnt from the media that Borissov had announced him as GERB's presidential candidate. "I first took it as an April fools' joke but later found out that the matter had been discussed," Tsvetanov said."On my agenda now is the fight against crime and corruption," he said.  He noted, however, that Borissov had offered him the chance to run for the presidency in 2006. "However, taking part in the 2006 elections was not on our agenda as GERB had not yet been fully formed," Tsvetanov said.Tsvetanov has been one of the most popular members of Borissov's Cabinet, mainly because of the number of police operations launched against organised crime.On May 4 2010, MBMD polling agency said that Tsvetanov had the highest public approval rating leaving behind the traditional leader in such popularity polls, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov.The MBMD survey, conducted on April 23-26 among 1212 people, showed that Tsvetanov enjoyed a 60 per cent approval rating,  followed by Borissov on 56 per cent, two per cent lower than his rating in March.

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