Boris Yachev is convinced that “We continue the change” type of governance should no longer be allowed, the bad thing was that there was no authentic patriotic formation in the last parliament
15 September 2022Thursday, 7:02 p.m.
Author: Lachezar LISITSOV
It can be seen that in a crisis membership in NATO and the EU largely guarantees our national security, the leader of the patriotic party believes
Boris Yachev is 57 years old. He was a deputy in three National Assemblies. In 2021, he became the chairman of the National Front for the Salvation of Bulgaria (NFSB) in place of Valeri Simeonov. We asked him for a comment on the political and economic situation, the election campaign and emerging opportunities for forming a future government. NFSB appears on the ballot at number 8 in the integral ballot.
– Mr. Yachev, why are the parties from the patriotic sector divided in these parliamentary elections?
– We did everything possible to get unification. There were intensive talks which, unfortunately, started quite late. The vote of no confidence and the resignation of the government thwarted the possibility that these talks, which we had with KOD, VMRO and other parties with patriotic politics, would lead to a political unification. There just wasn’t time. Whatever coalition we had created, it would have appeared in the eyes of the people as something hastily and pre-election. However, we at the NFSB have shown that another type of union is possible. We have formed a political union in which the programs and platforms of several parties coincide and in which all are equal. With us are “Society for New Bulgaria” and BDS “Radicals”. These parties have representatives on the NFSB lists, including leaders, although the registration is with the National Front for the Salvation of Bulgaria.
– Now, however, there is one party in your sector that stands out – Revival. How are things with her? Have talks been held?
– I would not put “Revival” in the patriotic sector by any of the indicators, unless, of course, you mean some kind of patriotism in favor of a foreign country. This is not patriotism to me. And that is why, when we have commented on the work of the previous administration and the last National Assembly, we have emphasized that, unfortunately, patriotically minded Bulgarians – the Bulgarianophiles – were not represented in the parliament. A real, authentic, patriotic Bulgarian formation was missing.
– In this context, along with Russia’s war in Ukraine, the “East-West” debate has opened again. In which direction is the NFSB looking?
– Definitely westbound. For years, the Bulgarian state has permanently determined both politically and in terms of public sentiment its place in the European context as a member of the European Union and as a member of NATO. And for us, this place is not subject to debate and doubt. Everything else is to the detriment of the Bulgarian national interest. We see that, especially in a situation of crisis and armed conflict literally a few hundred kilometers from our border, membership in these structures – the EU and NATO, largely guarantees our national sovereignty and security. Of course, Bulgaria should be a little more active in both alliances and use as much as possible what the European funds and the funds for the rearmament and modernization of the NATO army give as an opportunity. I don’t think we’re newbies here yet.
– Do you expect an economic crisis and what measures should be taken according to the NFSB?
– We do not expect an economic crisis, because the economic crisis has already hit us in the last few months. Of course, there are external factors, such as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. It led to a shortage of very important raw materials for production, but the justification with only external factors should not close our eyes, because they affect the economy throughout Europe and throughout the world. It was seen that the lack of adequate solutions, the lack of professionalism, of administrative, if you will, skills of the quadruple coalition that has ruled until now, led to the fact that the crisis in Bulgaria was felt to a greater extent. It is not greater than that in the other countries of the European Union, but there is a lack of adequate reactions here. And if the next administration and the next parliament do not very quickly put aside the political shenanigans and start dealing with a few concrete steps and measures that we have also outlined in our program, the crisis will deepen.
– It seems that two alternatives are emerging for the formation of the next administration – around GERB and around “We continue the change”. In whose orbit does the NFSB tend to gravitate?
– “We continue the change” is a party that definitely has no political history, it lacks political experience and a vision of how a country should be governed. Unfortunately, the Bulgarian deceives himself by saying that they are modern young people educated abroad. It was seen, however, that only European or world education is not enough, routine and professionalism are also needed, and a sense of what the solution to Bulgarian problems should be. So I believe that “We continue the change” type of management should no longer be allowed in Bulgaria. It was a political experiment that proved not only unsuccessful, but infinitely harmful for Bulgaria. And GERB should take a lesson from coalition administrations in previous years, when they did not always behave as a correct coalition partner. They are definitely not the big brother in politics. We patriots have left a legacy as a previous participant in power. These policies will contribute to something good for Bulgaria and can be continued in an administration in which GERB participates or dominates. Of course, voices are heard here for a coalition of GERB with DPS or for some other similar strange coalitions. I think everyone realizes that for the one who started governing with the Movement for Rights and Freedoms, political death comes very quickly.
– And do you see an option for a coalition between GERB and “We continue the change”? Will he be good?
– I don’t see capacity in the people of “Continuing the change” – at least in those who took out at this stage. Moreover, it was seen that the PP during these months in power could not draw up either a management program or a legislative program, but only overflowed from empty to empty. And something else – in those eight months, the beginning of very strong corruption schemes was set. Therefore, I think that these people should no longer be allowed to rule.
– GERB are also accused of corruption…
– Accusations of corruption are one thing, but the evidence is something else entirely. By the way, it is in the mentality of society to suspect corruption or bribery of anyone in power and in politics in general. However, it is one thing to talk about suspicions of corruption, and another to prove such schemes. Remember, during these four years, when the NFSB was in the majority and in the government of the country, there were several dozens of revelations of corruption schemes, including on the high political levels of power – ministers, deputy ministers, heads of agencies. As the chairman of the parliamentary anti-corruption commission, I have never put political interests above those of parliamentarism. And we, including, in our committee in the 44th Parliament, have examined and worked on investigating corruption schemes related to mayors, municipal councilors, ministers, deputy ministers, regional governors from all, I repeat, from all spectrums of political life – both from the majority and from the then opposition.
– Now that you are meeting voters, do you see a change in people’s moods?
– I think that the attitude towards us as a patriotic formation, which participated and gave a lot in the management of the country, has changed to a positive one. You know that in the previous elections we suffered damage and a negative result from being part of the government. However, people in about a year and a half were able to make a comparison and see that what we had bequeathed as governance and crisis-solving formulas was good. Unfortunately, it fell into disrepair after us. So I am optimistic about the outcome of the National Front. People welcome us with a positive attitude and I think the support for us will grow.