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Bulgaria’s Protests May Bring Back Borisov, Topple Him Again - Kostov

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Bulgaria: Bulgaria’s Protests May Bring Back Borisov, Topple Him Again - Kostov Ivan Kostova (R) is pictured here with his successor Radan Kanev at the party’s event on Sunday. Photo by BGNES

Ivan Kostov, former leader of the right-wing Democrats for Strong Bulgaria (DSB) party and former prime minister, has warned the ongoing protests can provide no political solution.

“The public outrage toppled Borisov and can bring down Stanishev too, paving the way for Borisov to return and then kick him out again,” Kostov said on Sunday, referring to the former prim minister Boyko Borisov and the Socialist leader, who formed the current cabinet.

“Any expectations that the street protests have the potential to provide a political solution doom them to failure.

The Protesters are citizens, not politicians. Even if the Electoral Code is changed, current MPs will find a way out and continue to rule.” Kostov added.

The long-time leader of the right-wing Democrats for Strong Bulgaria (DSB) party officially quit the political scene on Sunday, picking his former deputy Radan Kanev for his successor.

Following the poor performance of the party at the May 12 parliamentary elections, DSB leader and former Bulgarian Prime Minister Ivan Kostov, DSB Deputy Chair Radan Kanev and Petar Moskov announced that they were resigning.

DSB failed to pass the 4% threshold to enter Parliament.

On May 13, Kostov made clear that DSB's governing body would resign collectively on June 23 and the party's national council would elect a new leader and a new governing panel.

During the press conference, Kostov also noted that DSB saw no reason to challenge the election results, adding that the outcome of the May 12 vote did not spell an exit from the crisis for Bulgaria.

Kanev, in turn, suggested that Bulgarians with democratic beliefs had been left without representation in Parliament, which was an unheard-of situation.

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peterperfect - 24 Jun 2013 // 12:16:16

This man is right and the protesters should listen to this council. The current PM has acknowledged his mistake and made amends he should now be allowed to prove himself trustworthy, if he (and the socialist leadership that backs him) make another bad move then people can take to streets again. All this unrest is now achieving nothing, in fact its negative, if it brings down the government, who are now doing things differently, we will never be allowed to see if they would work.

Protesters should note that the people didn't give any one party the right to govern unleashed in the last election, the electorate voted for a coalition government and that is what they currently have. After a shaky start, quite rightly given a slapped wrist by the people, it should now be allowed to govern, time to protest is later if they are seen to be in breach of the electorates trust. BB and GERB should also take note that they are now in opposition which is a very important position to be in, cut out the crap of not attending parliament this is not what the people expect from you, APPOSE, you are the check & balance to expose and prevent the wrongs of governments decisions.

DP - 23 Jun 2013 // 18:06:21

coorrection: " sheep" skin...:-)

DP - 23 Jun 2013 // 17:04:14

Perhaps one day Kostov will have the decency to step down altogether and free his constituency from the spell of his strongman, pseudo-rightist, devout of any understanding of and respect for democracy and free enterprise system persona?Alas no chance..........
The guy has no respect for the Will of the People in any shape or form. Nobody but me, eh? Just another wolf in a ship skin....

”Poor Bulgaria” someone previously said. I agree........

Chushki - 23 Jun 2013 // 15:47:39

Perhaps one day Kostov will explain why he was stopped by customs on the Swiss-German border with a suitcase stuffed full of cash?

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