National Movement for Stability and Progress

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National Movement for Stability and Progress
Leader Hristina Hristova
Founder Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
Founded April 2001
Headquarters Sofia
Ideology Liberalism[1]
Political position Centre[2]
International affiliation Liberal International
European affiliation Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
European Parliament group Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
Colours Yellow
National Assembly:
0 / 240
European Parliament:
0 / 17
Website
http://www.ndsv.bg/
Politics of Bulgaria
Political parties
Elections

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[1][3] political party in Bulgaria, the vehicle of Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (Simeon II), the deposed Tsar of Bulgaria and former Prime Minister.

History[edit]

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.[4]

Electoral performance[edit]

Bulgarian National Assembly[edit]

Year Number of votes Percentage of votes Number of seats Position after the election
2001
1,952,513
42.74%
120 / 240
Leading a government coalition with DPS (Sakskoburggotski Government)
2005
725,314
19.9%
53 / 240
Junior partner in a BSP-led government coalition (Stanishev Government)
2009
127,470
3.0%
0 / 240
Extra-parliamentary

European Parliament[edit]

Year Number of votes Percentage of votes Number of seats
2007
121,398
6.27%
1 / 18
2009
205,146
7.96%
2 / 17
2 / 18
(post-Lisbon)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bakke, Elisabeth (2010), "Central and East European party systems since 1989", Central and Southeast European Politics since 1989 (Cambridge University Press): 78–79, ISBN 978-1-139-48750-4 
  2. ^ Chary, Frederick B. (2011), The History of Bulgaria, Greenwood, p. 173 
  3. ^ Alfio Cerami (2006). Social Policy in Central and Eastern Europe: The Emergence of a New European Welfare Regime. LIT Verlag Münster. pp. 26–. ISBN 978-3-8258-9699-7. 
  4. ^ "Симеон Сакскобургготски подаде оставка" (in Bulgarian). Труд. 2009-07-06. Retrieved 2009-07-07. 

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