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
Politics of Bulgaria
Political parties

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.


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
120 / 240
Leading a government coalition with DPS (Sakskoburggotski Government)
53 / 240
Junior partner in a BSP-led government coalition (Stanishev Government)
0 / 240

European Parliament[edit]

Year Number of votes Percentage of votes Number of seats
1 / 18
2 / 17
2 / 18

See also[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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