Constitutional Bloc (Bulgaria)

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The Constitutional Bloc (Bulgarian: Конституционен блок) was a political alliance in Bulgaria in the early 1920s. It was formed by parties that opposed the ruling Bulgarian Agrarian National Union (BANU) in the early 1920s.[1]

History[edit]

The alliance was formed on 6 July 1922 by the United People's Progressive Party, the Democratic Party and the Radical Democratic Party,[2][3] and aligned itself with the People's Alliance.[4] It also launched a new newspaper, Slovo (Word).[4]

The alliance won 17 seats in the April 1923 elections,[5] and also ran a joint list with the Bulgarian Social Democratic Workers Party (Broad Socialists) that failed to win a seat.[5][6] However, its most prominent leaders were arrested and held prisoner on charges of being responsible for the defeats in the Second Balkan War and World War I.[2] As a result, the party engineered a coup d'état that overthrew the BANU government.[7] In August most of the alliance's leadership joined the new Democratic Alliance, after which it was dissolved.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Frederick B Chary (2011) The History of Bulgaria, ABC-CLIO, p188
  2. ^ a b c Raymond Detrez (2006) Historical Dictionary of Bulgaria Scarecrow Press, p122
  3. ^ Velichko Georgiev People's Alliance 1921–1923
  4. ^ a b RJ Crampton (2007) Bulgaria, Oxford University Press, p231
  5. ^ a b Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p385 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  6. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p379
  7. ^ Detrez, pxxx