Wed, May 22 2013
Photo: Anelia Nikolova
New Sofia mayor Yordanka Fandukova took the baton from Prime Minister Boiko Borissov
The ruling party is set to add the Sofia mayor post to its portfolio
Seen by pollsters as leading in the field of 18 candidates to be elected mayor of Sofia, Yordanka Fandukova says she will work to draw EU funds to the city, not increase local taxes, and deal with Sofia’s worst problems – traffic, public transport, street repairs and stray dogs.
Socialists re-elect Stanishev as leader, centre-right Union of Democratic Forces indulges in mud-slinging about its leadership and strategy, while minority nationalists VMRO see a walkout but re-elect its leader.
Volen Siderov, who marched on to Bulgaria’s national political scene in 2005 at the head of his cohort of ultra-nationalists, has pledged his unreserved support for Boiko Borissov’s government.
Opinion polls indicate that the election of GERB candidate Yordanka Fandakova as the next mayor of Sofia is a certainty, but some smaller parties are putting up a fight – in some cases, within their own ranks.
What was supposed to be the first BSP internal elections did not happen for lack of candidates.
Ruling party set to win Sofia mayor elections while the left-wing opposition descends into internal quarrels
Sofia, Vratsa, Razlog, Ruen and Radnevo set to have special mayoral elections
The funding is provided under the foreign military sales programme of the US army's Program Executive Office of Simulation, Training and Instrumentation.
The UK nationals were arrested after throwing beer bottles at people after being refused entry to a restaurant that had closed for the night.
Restoration and development projects include Madara Horseman, Arbanassi fortress, Magura cave.
Simeon Saxe-Coburg and his spouse Margarita opened a new heating and insulation system at the Tsar Ferdinand Hospital for Pulmonary Diseases in Iskrets, a project implemented thanks to the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta in Sofia and the Nando Peretti Foundation.
According to the law's provisions, the commission will have the power to investigate individuals without prior notification and would not require a criminal conviction in order to launch an investigation.