Rumor of Bulgarian PM's Resignation Goes Viral on Social Media
A rumor suggesting the Bulgarian Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski was about to resign went viral on social media on Friday.
A number of local news websites claimed that Oresharski was to step down on Friday afternoon, with the reports quickly spreading on Facebook and Twitter.
As of 4:37 pm on Friday, there was no official confirmation of the reports.
Some local media believe the rumor has been deliberately spread by anti-government protesters, in the style of a social media "flash mob."
Earlier on Friday, a no confidence vote against Oresharski’s Socialist-led government failed because of lack of quorum.
Friday marks the 107th consecutive day of relentless anti-government rallies in Bulgaria.
The demonstrations were prompted by the scandalous appointment of media mogul Delyan Peevski as Chair of the State Agency for National Security (DANS) on June 14.
Although the appointment was revoked, the people went on to demand that the Socialist-endorsed cabinet resign collectively.
The rallies were fueled by a number of other controversial appointments and by wider concerns about corruption.
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