Pro-Govt Protesters Want Bulgarian President Out, Serve 'Impeachment' Cocktail
Protesters, supporting Bulgaria's Socialist-endorsed government, have gone creative to demand the immediate resignation of the conservative president.
Citizens backing the cabinet of Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski, gathered in front of the Presidency building in the center of Sofia at 12 a.m on Tuesday, organizing a symbolic treat, which they ironically called the “Impeachment” cocktail.
The ingredients in the cocktail show the reasons why they want Bulgaria's President, Rosen Plevneliev to be removed from office.
"The ingredients include "double standards, partial veto, Gerb party member. The cocktail is served cold with a pinch of arrogance," Nina Geogieva from the New Public Agreement Civil Association explained.
"We rally for the resignation of President Rosen Plevneliev because of his double-standard attitude towards protesting citizens, his participation in obscure oligarchic schemes and most importantly, his failure to unite the nation which is the Bulgarian president's main constitutional obligation," Nina Georgieva told reporters.
The association has proposed a national round table to discuss the most urgent and acute issues Bulgaria faces and sign a new Public Agreement between citizens, political parties and the authorities.
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I guess having a President and Parliament is expensive and most countries in the World seem to have a system where either the President or Parliament is dominant.
I like the Bulgarian System where the share of power is more balanced. Thinking back to March 2013 when the GERB Government Resigned. Because the President was elected I felt comfortable with him appointing a 'care taker government' of experts. If he was not elected then I would be very nervous.
I would be very happy to see Sergay Stainishev elected as President under the Bulgarian Constitution but I would not like to see anyone appointed for life as president.
In the current situation I hope the President only uses his VETO rarely and on issues that he feels are important for Bulgaria. Then it is down to Parliament to get a majority consensus to overcome the Veto which I think promotes debate and unity.
Have a good day.
Optimistic, does Bulgaria really need a prime minister, a parliament & a president? The way it operates is undemocratic and seems such a waste of tax payers money. Appointing Sergay Stalinishev as generalissimo & imposing martial law would ensure freedom & democracy for all, with the country run by a wise, incorruptable leader who would guide the future of our great nation etc.
Optimistic, an excellent point regarding presidential powers over the army and police. You are absolutely right to insinuate that President Plevneliev's veto over the budget proves that there is a real danger that he is likely to abuse his presidential powers and use the army and police to crush his political opponents. Appointing Bulgaria's top democrat Sergay Stalinishev as President for life would of course avoid this scenario.
Who is the ultimate leader of the Bulgarian Army and Police?
Is it the President or the Prime Minister?
For me a President who is trying to Veto Parliament is going against Democracy and my worry is that it is not good if he is also ultimately in charge of the Army and Police.