Bulgaria's ruling party the Citizens for the European Development of Bulgaria, known by its Bulgarian-language abbreviation as GERB, unanimously elected Prime Minister Boiko Borissov as its leader at a conference on January 10 2010.
GERB was founded around Borissov and was the vehicle that saw him twice elected mayor of Sofia and then, in July 2009, Prime Minister of Bulgaria. At previous formal gatherings of the party, he could not be elected as leader because Bulgarian law forbids a mayor being a party leader.
Borissov was long known as the "informal" leader of GERB while formally its leader was his right-hand-man, and now Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister, Tsvetan Tsvetanov. On January 10, following a proposal by Borissov, Tsvetanov was elected deputy leader.
Borissov cautioned GERB to be aware that complacency and corruption were risks to governing parties. He urged members to behave every day with the same commitment as if elections were to be held tomorrow. Bulgarians were tired of unfulfilled promises, he said.
He called on delegates to support the Government with the belief that the reforms that GERB was implementing the best possible ones for Bulgaria, news agency Focus reported.
Borissov and Tsvetanov paid tribute to each others' roles in the party in the three years since it was founded, with Tsvetanov saying that key among these had been the desire among Bulgarians to see new faces in politics.