Thursday, November 02, 2006

The aftermath of the elections

As expected, the current President Georgi Parvanov won a second term. He had 75.9% of votes at the second round, his rival Volen Siderov collected only 24.1%.
Yesterday, my husband commented while watching the news, "Now, when Parvanov was re-elected, everything goes on as expected. A Russian company is appointed to build the second nuclear plant and Bogomil Raynov was decorated with a medal."
I've mentioned in my previous post the tendency of Mr. Parvanov to decorate nasty people. Bogomil Raynov is a writer who used to be very well positioned during the Commnist era, in fact he was close friend of Lyudmila Zhivkova, the daughter of dictator Todor Zhivkov. Older generations remember that when Bogomil was young, he publicly renounced his father, writer Nikolay Raynov, in order to boost his career.

5 comments:

Winston said...

Interesting...

Btw, I am planning to come to Bulgaria soon.

shlemazl said...

Arghhh... Another Pavlik Morozov

Yordan Kolev said...

It is easier to criticize than to offer real solutions. Do you realize Maya, that on the presidential elections there's always a winner? Either Parvanov or Siderov had to win. Since you are a staunch opponent of Siderov, why do you speak against Parvanov? Or, maybe, you don't know that Bulgaria, always, has had only one president.

Maya M said...

Winston, do you know the exact dates already?
Shlemazl, you are right unfortunately. Pavlik Morozov was not an isolated phenomenon, but a whole type of behaviour. We in Bulgaria have many people who have made careers this way. One was chairman of the Parliament, another was occupying a senior post at our University.
Yordan, I wonder what real solution you are seeing! My observations are that, when voters choose between 2 unfit candidates, it absolutely doesn't matter who is elected. E.g. looking retrospectively at France, do you think Le Pen could do more harm that Chiraq did? Or, if you are old enough, do you remember how Bulgarians elected Zhelyu Zhelev for the sole reason of not letting the Socialist Valkanov become President? And how Zhelev called the "Boyana meadows" press conference, toppled the democratic government and immersed Bulgaria in timelessness? I'm glad I didn't vote for Zhelev. He had also approved a genocide. I cannot imagine voting for a politician who likes genocides.

shlemazl said...

Yes, I do think Le Pen could have done more harm than Chirac did. A crook is better than a fascist.