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Reload Bulgaria

Презареди България
LeaderNikolay Barekov
Founded25 January 2014 as Bulgaria Without Censorship
Preceded byBulgaria Without Censorship
HeadquartersCherni Vrah Blvd, Sofia, Bulgaria
IdeologyAnti-corruption[1]
Conservatism
Euroscepticism
Monarchism
Right-wing populism[1]
Political positionCentre-right (self-declared)[2]
European affiliationAlliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe
European Parliament groupEuropean Conservatives and Reformists[3]
ColoursLightblue, Yellow
National Assembly
0 / 240
European Parliament
1 / 17
Website
bulgariabezcenzura.bg

Reload Bulgaria (Bulgarian: Презареди България, Prezaredi Balgariya; formerly Bulgaria Uncensored, Bulgarian: България без цензура) is a populist political party in Bulgaria.[4]

History[edit]

The party was created by former TV host Nikolay Barekov in January 2014. It ran for the first time in the May 2014 European Parliament election,[5] taking one seat in the European Parliament as part of a coalition with IMRO and joined the soft eurosceptic group of European Conservatives and Reformists.[6]

This BBT-IMRO coalition did not last, however, and IMRO left to team up with other nationalist parties for the parliamentary elections of October 2014.[7] On 18 August 2014 BBT sealed a coalition agreement with LIDER to run in the upcoming elections.[8]

In June 2014, Barekov declared his support for the restoration of the Bulgarian Monarchy and Simeon II as Tsar of Bulgaria.[9] He vowed that should his party win a general election, he would introduce referenda on a number of issues, including the restoration of the monarchy.[9]

Despite holding 15 seats in the Assembly, Reload Bulgaria chose not to compete in the 2017 parliamentary elections after being initially refused a name change, among other reasons.[10]

Elections[edit]

Statistics[edit]

European Parliament
Election # of seats won # of total votes % of popular vote rank
2014
1 / 17
238,629 10.66% 4th
Bulgarian National Assembly
Election # of seats won # of total votes % of popular vote rank
2014
15 / 240
186,938 5.69% 6th

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Nordsieck, Wolfram (2017). "Bulgaria". Parties and Elections in Europe.
  2. ^ "Bulgaria Uncensored is a center-right political party".
  3. ^ "Бареков и Джамбазки отиват при консерваторите в ЕП". bnews.bg. 6 June 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  4. ^ "A controversial newcomer could be kingmaker". The Economist. 4 March 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  5. ^ Kotseva, Antonia. "Dimitar Avramov, Expert: BSP Picked Wrong Political Opponent". Novinite.com. Sofia News Agency. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  6. ^ "Бареков и Джамбазки отиват при консерваторите в ЕП". bnews.bg. 6 June 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  7. ^ "Two Bulgarian Nationalist Parties Team Up for Early Elections". Novinite.com. Sofia News Agency. Retrieved 4 August 2014.
  8. ^ "Bulgaria without Censorship Strikes Alliance with Lider Party". Novinite.com. Sofia News Agency. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
  9. ^ a b "'Bulgaria without Censorship' Leader Backs Reinstatement of Monarchy". Novinite.com. Sofia News Agency. 6 June 2014. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  10. ^ "Reload Bulgaria Party Not to Participate in March 26 Elections". bta.bg. 21 February 2017. Retrieved 28 March 2017.