Minority party threatens to back out of Bulgarian coalition government unless Bokova named UNSG candidate

Minority party threatens to back out of Bulgarian coalition government unless Bokova named UNSG candidate

Sofia, January 14, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

Georgi Purvanov, leader of minority socialist breakaway party ABC, has threatened to withdraw from his party’s deal to support Bulgaria’s Boiko Borissov coalition government unless the country formally nominates UNESCO head Irina Bokova as its candidate for United Nations Secretary-General.

Bokova, whose political pedigree lies in the Bulgarian Socialist Party of which Purvanov was leader from 1996 until the end of 2001, was nominated for the UN post in June 2014, soon before the departure of the BSP-Movement for Rights and Freedoms government.

Bokova, whose father was Georgi Bokov, editor of Bulgarian Communist Party mouthpiece Rabotnichesko Delo, was a Communist Party member until 1990, and the BSP candidate for vice-president in Bulgaria’s October 1996 elections. Later, she was Bulgaria’s ambassador to France and in September 2009, was elected UNESCO secretary-general after the previous favourite faced allegations of anti-Semitism. She was elected to a second term as UNESCO head in November 2013.