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Delyan Peevski 'Refused to Support' Tsvetan Vasilev's PM Ambitions

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Bulgaria: Delyan Peevski 'Refused to Support' Tsvetan Vasilev's PM Ambitions Bulgarian lawmaker Delyan Peevski was sparked controversy over the past year. Photo by BGNE

Bulgarian DPS lawmaker Delyan Peevski said banker Tsvetan Vasilev desired to be Prime Minister and could not accept the former did not back his aspirations.

In an interview for Bulgaria's daily 24 Chasa (24 Hours), the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) MP said Vasilev "has lost his touch with the time we live in", going "beyond the border between real and unreal".

Referring to a press conference of the Corporate Commercial Bank (KTB), in which Tsvetan Vasilev is the major shareholder, he said that executives at the bank were looking at other people's money which they were managing as "personal assets" of Vasilev.

This comes against the background of official statements of KTB that Vasilev was just one of its shareholders, albeit the biggest one.

Peevski's remarks came hours after Vasilev argued, in an interview with private channel bTV, that the lawmaker, once his alleged ally but now apparently at odds with him, has "gone too far over the past year, assuming the role of almighty".

They also follow last week's arrests of three people purportedly related to a assassination plot against Peevski, which the Prosecutor's office initially argued was ordered by Vasilev but later released the detainees and recognized it had committed "a mistake".

Just days later Peevski was summoned by the Sofia Investigative Service to give testimony on both the alleged murder plot and a signal submitted to prosecution by the so-called Protest Network which claims Peevski, Vasilev and Bulgaria without Censorship (BWC) leader Nikolay Barekov are involved in an organized criminal group.

Vasilev denies having any connections with Peevski.

No official evidence has so far been presented in regard to the assassination plot or the organized criminal gang allegations.

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