Volya (Bulgarian political party)

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Veselin Mareshki, founder and Leader of Volya.

Volya (Bulgarian: Воля meaning "Will"; previously known as Dnes and the Liberal Alliance) is a political party in Bulgaria. It was founded on 15 July 2007 by businessman Veselin Mareshki. The name Volya was adapted on 28 November 2016.[1][2]

The party is seen as having a pro-Russian stance, and is also Eurosceptic (meaning they are critical of the European Union).[3] It is also nationalistic and populist.

Their best performance in the parliamentary election was in 2017, where they received around 4% of the national vote and won 12 out of 240 seats.

Performances[change | change source]

Parliamentary elections[change | change source]

Election # of seats won # of total votes % of popular vote Seat change % change
2009 0 / 240
2013 0 / 240 8,873 0.25% Steady 0 Increase 0.25%
2014 0 / 240
2017 12 / 240 145,637 4.15% Increase 12 Increase 4.15%

References[change | change source]

  1. "Новата партия на Марешки ще се казва "Воля" - Mediapool.bg".
  2. news.bg (28 November 2016). ""Воля" - новата партия на Марешки".
  3. Lyman, Rick (24 February 2017). "In Bulgaria, a Businessman Who Talks (and Acts) Like Trump" – via NYTimes.com.

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