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The Bulgarian premier and his whole government is resigning from office after nationwide protests against austerity.
Prime Minister Boiko Borisov had tried to calm protests against high electricity prices by sacking his finance minister, pledging to cut power prices and punish foreign-owned companies but the measures failed to defuse discontent.
Originally posted by zedVSzardoz
reply to post by MisterMiyagi
maybe places like SPAIN, Grease, Portugal, and Italy can do the same....it would be nice.....
edit on 20-2-2013 by zedVSzardoz because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by ObjectZero
If they all step down who is taking their place?
“Mr. Borisov is a typical populist leader who came to power promising to take revenge against the transition on behalf of the poor,” says Andrei Raichev, a political analyst at Gallup International in Sofia. “Now the people realize that they were lied to.”
...no one could predict how the public would react to the resignation. “We could even reach the absurd situation that the protests continue against no one,” he said. “Which means that they are against everyone.”
On the political side, demands have gone even further to seek an overhaul of the political system in Bulgaria. They have made clear that the system has to be changed in such a way that when the next party comes to power, it can no longer behave the way all governments in Bulgaria have for the past 24 years.
There have to be checks on political power and mechanisms to prevent collusion between politicians, private economic interests and organised crime. Protesters are currently calling for a Constituent Assembly to be formed to change the constitution and develop mechanisms of direct involvement of citizens in government matters. There have been proposals of specific measures to be taken such as: cutting the number of members of parliament to 240; stripping them of immunity; establishing procedures for early dismissal; establishing 50 percent citizens' controlling quota in state institutions.
In short, a new system has to be established in which elected officials do what they are elected to do, and citizens are close enough to them to make sure they do it.
Participants in a protest rally in Pleven said tonight that will continue their fight against all monopolies in the country. Requests were referred not only to the distribution companies and the "heat"and "water" but also mobile operators banks and bailiffs.
Speaking from the parliamentary rostrum just minutes after parliament accepted with overwhelming majority the resignation of his government, Boyko Borisov said Ahmed Dogan wanted him dead, citing a document from the intelligence of a foreign country.
“The intelligence agency of a partner country has provided documents, which clearly show that there were preparations for an assassination attempt on my life,” Borisov said in a short and emotional speech.
Borisov directly accused Ahmed Dogan as the mastermind of the assassination plot and called on parliament to form an ad hoc committee to make public the classified document.ext
...he has been invited to attend, and will go to show respect for the demonstrators and to hear what people have to say. "They can expect from me only good intentions and integrity. There is deficit of justice and too many unfulfilled promises. All together we can and must seek solutions for the problems. The doors of my institution are open for all," said he.
The President stressed current events were a chance for returning the people to the State; a chance that must be utilized, not wasted. He explained his role was to seek consensus and work for a constructive approach to the numerous and different demands of Bulgarian people.
Peaceful demonstrations are being organised for tomorrow in Vienna, Munich, Dublin, London, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Athens, Berlin and Madrid. Bulgarians in these cities will stage protests in front of the Bulgarian embassies in the respective countries on Sunday, February 24.
FOCUS: What is your opinion about the government’s resignation? Was it an expected move on the part of the outgoing Prime Minister Boyko Borisov?
Zhenya Koleva: The government’s resignation is not enough and does not solve Bulgarians’ problems and that’s why the protests continue. In my opinion and according to the protestors in the city of Sliven this is the latest circus they played. This is the latest lie and trifling with people. They abdicated from all problems in order to get out of all problems and what has happened with people … nobody cares. They stole millions, billions and hid. People must regain Bulgaria.
The protesters burnt the Constitution of Bulgaria as a mark of a protest, saying that it does not protect the rights of the citizens but only of the rich people