Bulgaria Expands Secret Agent-Turned-Minister Clout

Politics » DOMESTIC | August 8, 2009, Saturday // 12:34| Views: | Comments: 0
Bulgaria: Bulgaria Expands Secret Agent-Turned-Minister Clout Bozhidar Dimitrov triggered a storm on the home front and abroad after accepting to be minister without portfolio in charge of Bulgarians living abroad. Photo by BGNES

Bozhidar Dimitrov, the Director of the National History Museum and former collaborator of the secret services, who triggered a political storm after being proposed for minister in charge of Bulgarians abroad, has been given more power.

Dimitrov will also be in charge of the archives and ecclesiastical matters under a decree of the Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.

Bozhidar Dimitrov, who was tipped to head the parliamentary culture commission, entered the cabinet of GERB leader Boyko Borisov shortly after it was decided that MPs who were collaborators of the so called State Security, the intelligence and secret police during the communist regime, will be banned from leading parliamentary commission.

Dimitrov has repeatedly said he has no regrets and these are not double standards.

Meanwhile Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boyko Borisov vehemently supported Dimitrov's nomination. He even approached the parliament, where his party GERB holds a majority, with a request to approve the full declassification of the files as quickly as possible.

The files of the former Committee for State Security are a thorny issue in Bulgaria, especially when it comes to the past of high-ranking officials.

Bulgaria's communist-era security service is believed to have remained potent after the fall of communism with the ex-operatives closely linked to the political and business establishment.


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