Der Standard Scolds Bulgaria's President for Siding with Protestors

Views on BG | July 25, 2013, Thursday // 15:03
Bulgaria: Der Standard Scolds Bulgaria's President for Siding with Protestors Bulgaria's President Rosen Plevneliev. Photo by BGNES

Bulgarian president Rosen Plevneliev's support for the protests against the government will hardly bring about the best solution to the country’s political paralysis, writes Austria’s daily Der Standard.

"On several occasions already the Bulgarian head of government has shown his support for the protest movement, which avowedly wants to topple the government; he has offered his 'good wishes' to the thousands who have taken to the streets of Sofia for the sixth week in succession, but who represent only a fraction of the seven million Bulgarians,” says the article.

According to Der Standard President Plevneliev has a secret wish – to appoint an interim government, just like he did in March, prior to the early elections in May.

“Now this is also an option, but not the best one: Bulgaria's head of state should discourage Boyko Borisov's [oppositional] GERB party from boycotting parliament. Cooperation, or perhaps even a coalition with the [ruling] Socialists, seems a better option than yet another election. That would only result in more of the same old thing."

In February 2013 Prime Minister Boyko Borisov resigned following persistent street protests against high energy bills, poverty and corruption.

Following weeks without a government, on March 13 Bulgaria's President Rosen Plevneliev announced a caretaker cabinet.

The administration was headed by a diplomat, Marin Raikov, who organized early elections.

Elections were not held for three months, after which in May vote Borisov emerged with a narrow lead.

However opposition parties refused to share power with him and eventually patched together their own coalition.

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