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Yes, Bulgaria! Bulgarian: Да, България!, is a Bulgarian political party, founded in January 2017 by former Minister of Justice Hristo Ivanov


  • 1 History
    • 11 Founders
  • 2 Political views
  • 3 Elections
    • 31 Statistics
  • 4 See also
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links


The party was founded on January 7, 2017, by Hristo Ivanov, who served as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice in the caretaker Bliznashki Cabinet from August 6, 2014 until November 7, 2014 He then served as Minister of Justice in the Second Borisov Cabinet from November 7, 2014 until his resignation on December 9, 2015, submitted in protest of failed attempts at judicial reform At its first meeting, Ivanov outlined the party's three main priorities - "to ensure the rule of law and efficient and accessible justice; to accelerate the pace of growth of the country; and the fight against systemic poverty and for raising the standards of living"

According to the Sofia Globe, “Ivanov did something few Bulgarian politicians have done before him: He stood up for his principles"

On January 11, 2017, Ivanov was elected as the party's chairman, together with an Executive Council of 13 parliamentary deputies Two days later Yes, Bulgaria! submitted their registration documents for the upcoming parliamentary elections at the end of March In the following weeks, several political formations approached the new party in order to form a possible coalition for the elections, including The Greens, DEOS and the Bulgaria for Citizens Movement Radan Kanev's Democrats for a Strong Bulgaria, which had previously split from the Reformist Bloc in November 2016, offered to unite with Ivanov's party In response, Yes, Bulgaria! announced they will attempt to run independently, with Ivanov saying that “it is fair to establish a long-term connection with the voter, to have our own image," thus rejecting the offer from Kanev's now re-branded 'New Republic' coalition

On January 30, the Sofia Municipal Court approved the registration of Yes, Bulgaria! as a political party, but three subsequent official complaints against that decision meant the leadership was forced to look for a possible coalition in order to make the deadline for registration On February 8, Hristo Ivanov announced that an agreement to form a coalition between Yes, Bulgaria!, The Greens and DEOS had been reached, and registration would be possible after the collection of over 20,000 signatures in one day All three complaints were later withdrawn, and despite further appeals to the Central Electoral Commission, the coalition was cleared for participation on February 15

According to Novinite, “The Greens are Bulgaria's most active environmentalist party, while DEOS is a liberal organization focusing on the "rule of law", active civic participation, and minorities”

At the 2017 elections, Yes, Bulgaria won a total of 101,217 votes, or 296% of all votes cast, leaving it as the 7th largest formation, but without parliamentary representation In Sofia's three constituencies, the party gained a total of 777% of all votes cast, coming in at 4th place, less than 1,000 votes behind 3rd placed United Patriots In total, more than 70,000 votes almost 70% came from Sofia, Plovdiv, and Varna, as well as from Bulgarians abroad


Founders of the party included “intellectuals, entrepreneurs, artists and many others, who had "intolerance" for corruption and poverty

Some of the party’s founders included Dr Boryana Museva associate professor of law at Sofia University, economist Vera Asenova, former tennis player Manuela Maleeva and associate law professor Kristian Takov

One notable member of Yes, Bulgaria is activist Georgi Iliev He “was one of the organizers of protests during the Peevski scandal the Socialist-led government caused” in 2013

Political views

2017 parliamentary election results by province, showing the party's disproportionately strong showing in the 3 largest cities, as well as abroad

In its founding declaration, the party featured seven major principles - personal freedoms and human rights, justice via rule of law, security through democracy and strong institutions, serving the public interest, creation of wealth through entrepreneurship and free enterprise, social solidarity, as well as pluralism and freedom of public debate The document also outlined the party's 11 major goals These included judicial, regulatory and media reforms, anti-corruption measures, increased economic growth, a focus on transparent administration and e-governance, higher education standards, civic engagement, energy independence and preservation of the country's national resources, as well as a completion of its integration into the European Union structures - full membership in the Eurozone, Schengen and the banking union

Yes, Bulgaria's leader Hristo Ivanov has been particularly vocal about the necessity for reform in Bulgaria's justice system He has raised concern about the excessive powers and lack of accountability of Bulgaria's General Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov He has emphasized that Bulgaria's Prosecution has a Stalinist model which compromises the rule of law He has repeatedly asked for Sotir Tsatsarov's resignation as the Prosecution was allegedly involved in major corruption scandals Tsatsarov was recently nominated for sanctions under the Magnitsky Act


Yes, Bulgaria received 101,177 votes in the parliamentary elections, which is 296% of the vote They did not reach the four percent electoral threshold required to win seats in Parliament


Bulgarian National Assembly
Election # of seats won # of total votes # of votes from abroad % of popular vote rank Position after the election Notes
2017 0 / 240 101,217 11413 296% 7th Extra-parliamentary In a coalition with The Greens and DEOS

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e "УЧРЕДИТЕЛНА ДЕКЛАРАЦИЯ" in Bulgarian Yes, Bulgaria! 7 January 2017 Retrieved 29 March 2017 
  2. ^ "Христо Иванов: Ще търсим подкрепа и от ляво, и от дясно за справяне с корупцията" in Bulgarian Mediapoolbg 10 December 2015 Retrieved 29 March 2017 
  3. ^ a b "УСТАВ НА ПОЛИТИЧЕСКА ПАРТИЯ „ДВИЖЕНИЕ ДА БЪЛГАРИЯ"" in Bulgarian Yes, Bulgaria! 7 January 2017 Retrieved 29 March 2017 
  4. ^ a b "Yes, Bulgaria Movement To Become Political Party" Novinitecom 21 December 2016 Retrieved 29 March 2017 
  5. ^ "ГЕРБ бламира съдебната реформа, Христо Иванов подаде оставка" in Bulgarian Mediapoolbg 9 December 2015 Retrieved 29 March 2017 
  6. ^ "Ex-Justice Min Heads Yes, Bulgaria Party, Vowing to Fight Corruption" Novinitecom 8 January 2017 Retrieved 29 March 2017 
  7. ^ a b "Parliamentary Elections: "Yes, Bulgaria!", a movement for change" The Sofia Globe 2017-03-12 Retrieved 2017-05-16 
  8. ^ "Yes, Bulgaria To File for Registration on Friday" Novinitecom 12 January 2017 Retrieved 29 March 2017 
  9. ^ "Yes, Bulgaria Receives Offers of Co-operation" Novinitecom 14 January 2017 Retrieved 29 March 2017 
  10. ^ "DSB Leaves Bulgaria's Reformist Bloc" Novinitecom 9 November 2016 Retrieved 29 March 2017 
  11. ^ "New Republic Makes Unification Offer to Yes, Bulgaria" Novinitecom 25 January 2017 Retrieved 29 March 2017 
  12. ^ "Yes, Bulgaria To Take Part in Snap Elections Independently" Novinitecom 27 January 2017 Retrieved 29 March 2017 
  13. ^ "Court OKs Registration of Yes, Bulgaria Party" Novinitecom 30 January 2017 Retrieved 29 March 2017 
  14. ^ "Yes, Bulgaria to Register with Greens, DEOS in Early Election" Novinitecom 8 February 2017 Retrieved 29 March 2017 
  15. ^ "All 3 Complaints Against Registration of Yes, Bulgaria Withdrawn" Novinitecom 14 February 2017 Retrieved 29 March 2017 
  16. ^ "SAC Rejects Appeals Against Yes, Bulgaria" Novinitecom 15 February 2017 Retrieved 29 March 2017 
  17. ^ "Yes, Bulgaria to Register with Greens, DEOS in Early Election - Novinitecom - Sofia News Agency" Retrieved 2017-05-16 
  18. ^ a b "ПАРЛАМЕНТАРНИ ИЗБОРИ 26 МАРТ 2017" in Bulgarian Central Electoral Commission 28 March 2017 Retrieved 29 March 2017 
  19. ^ "Ex-Justice Min Heads Yes, Bulgaria Party, Vowing to Fight Corruption - Novinitecom - Sofia News Agency" Retrieved 2017-05-16 
  20. ^ "Христо Иванов: Прокуратурата е изградена по сталински модел" clubzbg 19 April 2016 Retrieved 26 November 2017 
  21. ^ "Христо Иванов иска оставката на Сотир Цацаров" frognewsbg 20 April 2016 Retrieved 26 November 2017 
  22. ^ "Nominated Perpetrators" bulgarianmagnitskycom November 2017 Retrieved 28 November 2017 
  23. ^ "Парламентарни избори :: Парламентарни избори 2017" resultscikbg in Bulgarian Retrieved 2017-05-16 

External links

  • Official website
  • Official Facebook page
  • Official Twitter account
  • Official YouTube channel

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