Volya (Bulgarian political party)

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Volya
Воля
Leader Veselin Mareshki
Founded 15 July 2007
Headquarters Varna, Bulgaria
Ideology Bulgarian nationalism[1]
Right-wing populism[2]
Russophilia[2]
Anti-corruption[2]
Patriotism[2]
Soft Euroscepticism
Political position Centre-right (self-declared)
European affiliation Movement for a Europe of Nations and Freedom
Colours Light blue, Light red
National Assembly
12 / 240
European Parliament
0 / 17
Website
volia.bg
volya.bg

Volya[3][4] (Bulgarian: Воля; before 2016 was known as Dnes, before that as Liberal Alliance), is a populist political party in Bulgaria. The name of the party means "Will".[2]

History[edit]

The party was founded by Veselin Mareshki on 15 July 2007 as Liberal Alliance. For a short period the party was renamed to Dnes party, and finally the current name, Volya, was adapted on 28 November 2016.[5][6]

Political views[edit]

The Volya party advocates populist and reform policies, promoting patriotism, strict immigration controls, friendlier relations with Moscow and, the need to "sweep away the garbage" of a corrupt political establishment.[2]

Elections[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Bulgarian National Assembly
Election # of seats won # of total votes % of popular vote rank
2009
0 / 240
- - -
2013
0 / 240
8,873 0.25% 19th
2014
0 / 240
- - -
2017
12 / 240
145,637 4.15% 5th

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bulgaria's government will include far-right nationalist parties for the first time". Washington Post. 25 April 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Lyman, Rick (24 February 2017). "In Bulgaria, a Businessman Who Talks (and Acts) Like Trump" – via NYTimes.com.
  3. ^ "Новата партия на Марешки ще се казва "Воля" - Mediapool.bg".
  4. ^ news.bg (28 November 2016). ""Воля" - новата партия на Марешки".
  5. ^ "Новата партия на Марешки ще се казва "Воля"". Mediapool.bg.
  6. ^ ""Воля" - новата партия на Марешки". news.bg. 28 November 2016.