Agrarian Union “Aleksandar Stamboliyski”
Published 27th September, 2011
The Agrarian Union “Aleksandar Stamboliyski” or ZS-AS was founded in 1993 by a splinter group from the Bulgarian Agrarian National Union (BZNS). Prior to 2005 it was known as the Bulgarian Agrarian People’s Union “Aleksandar Stamboliyski” (BZNS – AS) before changing to its current name. It describes itself as centre left and believes in agrarianism and progressivism.
It failed to make any electoral success until 2001 when it became part of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) led Coalition for Bulgaria. The Coalition achieved 48 seats in the 240 seat National Assembly in 2001, did better in 2005 where it was the largest grouping with 82 seats, but fell back to 40 seats in 2009.
In the 2013 general election the Coalition for Bulgaria did better, winning 84 seats of which the Agrarian Union holds one seat in the National Assembly.