Outgoing Bulgarian President Reconfirms Will to Stay in Politics

Outgoing Bulgarian President Reconfirms Will to Stay in Politics

Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov has resolutely stated his intention to remain at the forefront of Bulgarian politics after January 2012, when his second and last term in office expires.

"You will be able to vote again for me after January next year," said Parvanov when asked about his future plans during a visit in northeastern town of Targovishte.

Parvanov further clarified he has no intentions of founding a new party and that the ABV movement he initiated in the fall of 2010 is intended to remain only a civic platform for debate and innovation in public life.

"The Bulgarian party system ought not to be further fragmented - it rather needs to be consolidated," argued the Bulgarian President.

To that end, Parvanov stated he will work for the development of a new "coalition culture" in Bulgarian politics that would enable politicians to overcome partisan differences for the common good.

During his visit in Targovishte, the Bulgarian President reviewed his activities during his two terms in office (2002-7, 2007-12), stressing he has always endeavored to offer constructive criticism and a dialogical stance to the various cabinets ruling Bulgaria during that period.

Parvanov's reconfirmation of his intention to remain in Bulgarian politics, together with the statement that he does not intend to turn ABV into a party, give further ground to speculations he might seek to regain the leader's position of the Bulgarian Socialist Party, currently the largest opposition party to PM Boyko Borisov's center-right GERB cabinet.

Parvanov was BSP's leader from 1996 until 2001, when he was elected president for the first time. He was succeeded as the Socialists' leader by Sergey Stanishev, Bulgaria's PM before Borisov (2005-9), who has been chairing the party ever since. (Source: Sofia News Agency)

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