Right-Winger: Bulgarian PM Failed to Cope with Corruption, Crime

January 29, 2013, Tuesday // 02:33
Bulgaria: Right-Winger: Bulgarian PM Failed to Cope with Corruption, Crime
Ex head of Bulgaria's National Security Service, Gen. Atanas Atanasov. Photo by BGNES

Atanas Atanasov, the former head of Bulgaria's National Security Service, has declared that the country's Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has failed to combat crime and corruption.

Atanasov, who is currently a Sofia municipal council member from the right-wing Democrats for Strong Bulgaria party, has gone further to state that the efforts to fight corruption and crime have been "the biggest failure" of Borisov and his centrist-right GERB government.

Atanasov's statement followed Tuesday's a failed assassination attempt against emblematic Bulgarian drug lord Zlatomir Ivanov, aka Zlatko Baretata (The Beret) in downtown Sofia.

Zlatomir Ivanov, a former counter-terrorism squad commando, got four gunshot wounds as he was entering the Central Courthouse in Sofia for his organized crime trial hearing but survived.

Atanasov has told the BGNES news agency that the crime scene in Tuesday's assassination attempt was "symbolic."


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