Dwindling Bulgarian Anti-Govt Protests Enter Day 100
Saturday is the 100th day of a string of daily anti-government rallies gathering in Bulgarian capital Sofia.
People are assembling at Nezavisimost (Independence) Sq in front of the Council of Ministers and march to Parliament along the Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd to request the resignation of Bulgarian PM Plamen Oresharski.
The protests erupted June 14 upon the controversial appointment of media mogul Delyan Peevski as chair of Bulgaria' State Agency for National Security.
Peevski stepped down on the next day, but rallies continued, requesting the resignation of cabinet, which was just sworn in end of May following snap elections.
Some protesters have argued that the May 12 vote failed to produce an adequatley representative parliament, and have requested new elections.
Just over half of Bulgarian voters cast their ballot; some 24% of those vots went for parties who did not make it past the 4% hurdle.
PM Oresharski's cabinet was elected with the votes of the Bulgarian Socialist Party and the liberal Movement for Rights and Freedoms, with the tacit support of nationalists Ataka.
Former ruling party GERB came out again first after the elections, but being isolated from others it did not manage to form a new cabinet.
Many protesters have stated that their rallies are also against GERB, whom they also see as implicit in a status quo of mingling between politics and shady business structures.
Minor parties on the right have assembled in a so-called Reformist Bloc in a bid to channel the protesters' demands.
While in June and July rallies in Sofia reached tens of thousands, they have of late dwindled to a couple of hundred people showing up.
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