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1989 Revisited: 11th to 14th December, Bulgarian Communist Party cedes leading role. December 14, 2019

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

Bowing to the inevitable, on 11 December Mladenov announced in a nationally televised speech to party leaders that the Communist Party had to give up its guaranteed right to rule. The BCP’s position in the state, he said, could no longer be “declared administratively”, but instead had to be earned “from the trust of the people”. To that end, Mladenov declared that the BCP had to “adopt the principle of a multiparty system”. He also called for multiparty elections by the spring of 1990.[5] Three days later, on 14 December—the same day that Zhivkov was expelled from the party—the BCP’s Central Committee asked the National Assembly to delete the provisions of the Zhivkov Constitution that enshrined its leading role. The Central Committee also endorsed early elections in the spring.[6] Those elections were held in June 1990.[7]


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