Bulgarian Socialist Party ‘withdraws trust’ in Purvanov group

Bulgarian Socialist Party ‘withdraws trust’ in Purvanov group

 

The Bulgarian Socialist Party national council has “withdrawn political trust” in Georgi Purvanov and prominent members of his rival faction and denied them the possibility of holding party posts or appearing on party election lists for a year, the BSP said on February 1 2014.

The measure is less than the expulsion of Purvanov and his camp threatened by those loyal to BSP leader Sergei Stanishev in the days since Purvanov announced the revival of his alternative ABC movement and its intention to put up a rival list of candidates in the 2014 European Parliament elections.

Purvanov, a former BSP leader whose revival of his ABC movement has been widely seen as a second bid to get back the leadership of the party from his former protege Stanishev, already has responded to threats of expulsion by saying that the national council did not have the power to decide this.

Those subject to the sanction decided by the national council include Purvanov, his close political companion Roumen Petkov and a number of others who have been prominent recently in the ABC project – Anatolii Mladenov, Boyka Arabadzhieva, Vladimir Kalchev, Dilyan Enkin, Evgeni Zhelev, Emil Konstantinov, Krum Mitiliev, Lyudmil Vesselinov, Rositsa Yanakieva, Svetlin Nikolov and Trifon Mitev.