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25 February 2017, Issue 4784
by Novinite.com
Bulgaria's Daily Newspaper since 2001
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BUSINESS POLITICS WORLD SOCIETY SPORTS FORUM
 
Election Campaign Starts in Bulgaria


The official election campaign for the snap parliamentary elections started on Friday. It will continue until 24:00 hrs on March 24 after which all campaigning will be banned until the end of the election day on March 26.read
Deputy PM Yanev: Kostov Used His Influence To Appoint People


There is an objective reason for the dismissal of Georgi Kostov from the post of Chief Secretary of the Interior Ministry.read
Former PM Borisov Suspects Imminent Manipulation of Elections


GERB’s leader Boyko Borisov has expressed his suspicions about a manipulation of the elections and the appearance of certain personalities in the interim government making appointments.read
 
 
TOP NEWS
ELECTION CAMPAIGN STARTS IN BULGARIA

The official election campaign for the snap parliamentary elections started on Friday. It will continue until 24:00 hrs on March 24 after which all campaigning will be banned until the end of the election day on March 26.
There are 20 parties and coalitions which registered candidates lists. According to preliminary information, there are 4,732 candidates for parliamentary deputies.

The publication and transmission of anonymous materials related to the campaign is banned as of Friday. When media transmit paid campaign materials, this should be noted in an appropriate manner. The campaign is conducted in Bulgarian. read more


DOMESTIC

FORMER PM BORISOV SUSPECTS IMMINENT MANIPULATION OF ELECTIONS

GERB’s leader Boyko Borisov has expressed his suspicions about a manipulation of the elections and the appearance of certain personalities in the interim government making appointments. The announcement was made after a meeting with the Bulgarian Construction Chamber.

“This comprehensive change of cadres – at ports, airports, services, regions – let Mrs Ninova come out and say that she did not know about this either. It turns out that no one knows what is going on in the country,” commented Borisov on the dismissal of the Chief Secretary of the Interior Ministry Georgi Kostov and the reaction of BSP’ leader. read more


PM GERDZHIKOV: I ASKED GEORGI KOSTOV TO RESIGN

In response to the accusations that there was pressure for the dismissal of the Chief Secretary of the Interior Ministry Georgi Kostov, interim Prime Minister Ognyan Gerdzhikov admitted that he did “ask” him to tender in his resignation but adamantly denied that he threatened Kostov.

“If he describes as ‘pressure’ the fact that I asked him to tender in his resignation, this is cruel pressure, indeed. I believe that it was perfectly correct on my part, after the Interior Minister has withdrawn his confidence in him and there are serious violations on the part of the chief secretary. I would not allow myself to expose the interior minister.” read more


CEC TO DECIDE ON OFFER FOR DELIVERY OF MACHINES FOR ELECTRONIC VOTING

The Central Election Commission must decide on Friday whether the only firm which made an offer for the delivery of machines for electronic voting fulfils the requirements.

The commercial venture Lirex BG filed its documents on Wednesday, almost missing the deadline. It must provide 12,500 machines for the elections on March 26. The venture will be paid the maximum amount set by CEC – BGN 15 M (VAT excluded). read more


FORMER REGIONAL GOVERNOR OF HASKOVO INDICTED FOR BISER FLOOD

The former regional governor of Haskovo Irena Uzunova has been indicted for the flood in the village of Biser, reported Focus agency.

Five years after the tragedy, the Prosecutor’s Office identified for the first time a concrete person as responsible for the incident in which 11 people died and tens of houses were destroyed. read more


TUNNELS ALONG STRUMA HIGHWAY TO BE INSPECTED ON FEBRUARY 27,28

The tunnels along the Struma highway and the Trayanovi vrata tunnel on the Trakia highway will be inspected on February 27 and 28, announced the press centre of the Road Infrastructure Agency.

During the inspections, there will be temporary re-routing of traffic between 08:00 hrs and 17:00 hrs. read more


REGIONAL MINISTER POPNIKOLOV TO DISCUSS BUILDING SANITATION PROGRAMME WITH BDB, MUNICIPALITIES

Interim Regional Minister Spas Popnikolov will discuss the problems of the National Building Sanitation Programme with representatives of the Association of Municipalities and the Bulgarian Development Bank (BDB).

The Association of Municipalities demanded an immediate re-launch of the building sanitation programme on Thursday. They insisted on an emergency meeting with the interim Regional Minister in order to learn more about the reasons for the cabinet’s decision to freeze the programme. read more


DEPUTY PM YANEV: KOSTOV USED HIS INFLUENCE TO APPOINT PEOPLE

There is an objective reason for the dismissal of Georgi Kostov from the post of Chief Secretary of the Interior Ministry. He used his influence for hiring people, stated on Nova TV Deputy PM and Defence Minister Stefan Yanev.

Kostov was dismissed from his post two days ago. After that, he accused the PM Ognyan Gerdzhikov and Interior Minister Plamen Uzunov of putting pressure on him so that he would resign. read more


BSP'S NINOVA: I HAVE LONG WAITED TO SETTLE THINGS WITH MR. BORISOV MAN-TO-MAN

BSP’s leader Korneliya Ninova announced that she has waited for a long time to settle things with Boyko Borisov man-to-man. The reason for Ninova’s announcement was the statement of GERB’s leader on Friday that he wants a debate, not between himself and Ninova alone, but with the participation of experts in different policies.

“I am surprised by Mr. Boyko Borisov’s motive to refuse a debate with me on the grounds that I am a woman. First of all – this is an insult to all women whom he considers unworthy of political talks. He must have forgotten that his party supports a law on the equality of men and women. Do not worry that I am a woman, Mr. Borisov. I have waited for a long time to settle things with you man-to-man. Secondly, I understand that Mr. Borisov does not want a debate with me without the support of experts. This shows fear that he is not prepared to appear alone in a direct confrontation. I am inviting him to such a confrontation. Let him determine the place and conditions for this,” stated Ninova. read more


EU

EUROPEAN MPS TO CALL ON EC TO REINSTATE VISA REGIME FOR US CITIZENS

European deputies might call on the European Commission to reinstate the visa regime for US citizens, reported Ekonomik.bg.

The purpose is to encourage Washington to abolish visas required for the citizens of Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland and Romania. read more


SOUTHEAST EUROPE

136 TURKISH DIPLOMATS REQUEST ASYLUM IN GERMANY

So far, a total of 136 citizens with diplomatic status have requested asylum in the Federal Republic of Germany, announced the German Foreign Ministry.

The requests were received between August 2016 and January 2017. The ministry did not specify how many are diplomats themselves and how many are members of their families. The ministry also did not make it clear how many of the requests have been reviewed. read more


GERMANY NOT TO ALLOW ERDOGAN'S MEETING FOR REFERENDUM ON CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

Germany will not permit President Recep Erdogan to hold a campaign meeting for the referendum on amendments to the constitution, reported Turkish media, cited by BGNES.

According to Sabah newspaper, a political campaign has started there in order to block Erdogan’s intention to transfer tension from Turkey to the country. read more



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