GERB Strongmen Are Protest's New Leaders - Bulgarian Socialist Chief
Former ruling party GERB leader Boyko Borisov and vice-chair Tsvetan Tsvetanov have emerged as the new leaders of anti-cabinet protests in Bulgaria, argued Bulgarian Socialist Party chair Sergey Stanishev.
The massive protests against the newly appointed cabinet of PM Plamen Oresharski started in mid-June, and rose slogans both against the parties supporting the goverment - the Socialists and the Movement for Rights and Freedoms - and and against former rulers GERB.
To many protesters, all three parties exemplified the wielding together of politics and murky business structures that they rose against.
What motivated Stanishev's statement was the participation of many GERB supporters in the latest large rally in capital Sofia this Wednesday, on the recalling of Parliament after summer recess.
Borisov and Tsvetanov appeared themselves at the rally and addressed protesters.
"The protest has new leading faces now - those of Borisov and Tsvetanov," commented the socialist leader.
"Protesters who have been spontaeously coming out in the streets must think well whose interests they are serving," added the former Bulgarian PM.
"The lifetime of the cabinet depends on the quality of work of ministers and the whole government," said Stanishev.
The socialist leader also pointed out a criticism of that work, saying that cabinet must be more aggressive in clearing the questionable appointments made by the previous GERB cabinet.
Controversial appointments on the part of current PM Oresharski were a big motive behind the ongoing rallies, which are now well into their third month.
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