Tsacheva Becomes Vice-Chair of Bulgaria's GERB MP Group
Ex Speaker of the Bulgarian Parliament, Tsetska Tsacheva, is the new deputy chair of the parliamentary group of the opposition, formerly-ruling, centrist GERB party.
The news was reported in plenary hall Friday by the current Speaker of the Parliament from the ruling left-wing Bulgarian Socialist Party, BSP, Maya Manolova, and was met with applause.
The decision was made by the leader of Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB, former Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov. It is interpreted as him pushing to the backdrop his deputy, former Interior Minister, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, who is facing trial on 3 counts.
Borisov, who appeared Thursday in the Parliament on crutches after a recent leg surgery, hinted that he was limiting not only Tsvetanov's public role, but his own as well, by saying he would keep his lawmaker post only if his health allowed it.
The former PM said the recent departure of two MPs from his group, which shifted the balance in the Parliament, was staged by BSP's partner, the liberal, predominantly ethnic Turkish party, Movement for Rights and Freedoms, DPS, but GERB should also assume part of the blame.
He also announced that the party will hold a conference in February and its leadership would be reshuffled.
Borisov, however, said that Tsacheva's appointment did not mean he no longer trusted Tsvetanov.
The former PM voiced suspicions that DPS and Monica Stanisheva, wife of BSP leader, Sergey Stanishev, were behind the campaign to discredit the leader of the extreme-right nationalist party Ataka, Volen Sidervov, with pictures showing him and several Ataka MPs on a Cuban beach at the time State budget 2014 was voted in the Parliament.
"Nevertheless, GERB is in top shape – 2 out of 97 MPs is slightly over 2%," he concluded.
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