National Movement for Stability and Progress
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|National Movement for Stability and Progress
Национално движение за стабилност и възход
|International affiliation||Liberal International|
|European affiliation||Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe|
|European Parliament group||Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe|
|Politics of Bulgaria
The National Movement for Stability and Progress (Bulgarian: Национално движение за стабилност и възход (НДСВ) or Nacionalno dviženie za stabilnost i văzhod), until 3 June 2007 known as the National Movement Simeon II (the acronym in Bulgarian is the same - НДСВ), is a liberal political party in Bulgaria, the vehicle of Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (Simeon II), the deposed Tsar of Bulgaria and former Prime Minister.
It was founded in April 2001 after Simeon II announced his intention to become involved in the political life of Bulgaria. The movement won 42.7% of the popular vote and 120 out of 240 seats in the 2001 elections. It became a full member of the Liberal International at its Sofia Congress in May 2005. During the party's term, Bulgaria entered NATO. Some years later, in 2007, Bulgaria was accepted as a member of the European Union, capitalizing on the economic and political stability established during Simeon's tenure.
At the 2005 parliamentary election, it received 21.83% of the popular vote and 53 out of 240 seats, a significant decrease. It did, however, remain in office as the junior partner in a coalition led by the Bulgarian Socialist Party. The party got just 3.01% of votes at the parliamentary elections of 2009, short of the 4% election threshold. Shortly after, Simeon resigned as NDSV leader on 6 July.
- Contributions to liberal theory
- Liberalism worldwide
- List of liberal parties
- Liberal democracy
- Liberalism and radicalism in Bulgaria
- Bakke, Elisabeth (2010), "Central and East European party systems since 1989", Central and Southeast European Politics since 1989 (Cambridge University Press): 79
- Chary, Frederick B. (2011), The History of Bulgaria, Greenwood, p. 173
- "Симеон Сакскобургготски подаде оставка" (in Bulgarian). Труд. 2009-07-06. Retrieved 2009-07-07.
- National Movement for Stability and Progress official site
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