Bulgarian Rulers Cagey on Nationalist Ally's Latest Gaffe
The latest row stirred by Bulgarian ultranationalist MP Volen Siderov has evoked a cautious comment from a key Socialist MP.
Siderov, an MP and leader of the extremist Ataka party, triggered a scandal late on Monday by verbally assaulting a French cultural attaché during a Sofia-Varna flight and later attacking a man in a Varna airport shuttle bus. The shuttle bus incident resulted in a scuffle in which two men, including a police officer, were allegedly injured by Siderov and his entourage. –
Bulgarian Socialist Party lawmaker and deputy Parliament speaker Maya Manolova commented on the incident on Wednesday, describing Siderov’s behavior as “arrogant” and “unacceptable.”
“I am sure that the Prosecutor’s Office and the Interior Ministry will do everything necessary so that the truth is revealed,” Manolova told Nova TV.
However, she refused to say whether the ultranationalist would be stripped of his lawmaker immunity.
She argued that the Parliament should not hurry in removing Siderov’s immunity, as all facts should be taken into consideration first.
“I am not responsible for the actions of individuals from another party,” Manolova further noted.
Even though it is not officially in power, Siderov’s extremist party remains a key ally of the country’s fragile Socialist-led coalition government.
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