MEP Barekov Withdraws Support from His Group in Bulgarian Parliament

Nikolay Barekov. Photo by BGNES

Nikolay Barekov, a Bulgarian MEP, is renouncing unconditional support for the parliamentary group which is centered around his own Bulgaria without Censorship party.

Barekov said in a press statement this week's votes in Parliament on the amendments to the Interior Ministry Act and the pension reform had prompted him to cause the move.

Some of Bulgarian Democratic Center (BDC)'s lawmakers moved to support the two legislative proposals coming from the ruling party GERB, and both were passed despite fomenting substantial division in Parliament.

Though he blamed other BDC parties for their behavior, he praised the MPs from Bulgaria without Censorship for not backing moves to "return the Interior Ministry to [its former head Tsvetan] Tsvetanov and to steal the money from the hands of people".

The latter comment is with regard to changes to the pension system, with critics accusing GERB of seeking to "nationalize" the system.

Barekov, who founded Bulgaria without Censorship last year, added he was extending a hand to Radan Kanev, one of the leaders of junior coalition partner Reformist Bloc (RB), if the latter wished t to take part in "a new opposition bloc... to face the status quo."

Barekov's BwC-led coalition came sixth in the October 5 early elections. The MEP, who had previously been quite open about his Prime Minister ambitions, chose then to retain his seat at the European Parliament.

Presently, only 6 out of the 14 MPs of BDC belong to his party, even though Rosen Petrov, a former BwC official who left the party last week, pledged "loyalty" to the group.

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