Bulgaria's Protests Too Weak to Oust Rulers

Novinite Insider » EXPERT VOICES | Author: Vassil Tonchev |August 17, 2013, Saturday // 19:45| Views: | Comments: 10
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As I already forecast, on Friday the members of Bulgaria's parliament from the ruling Socialist and ethnic Turkish parties, together with the nationalists, united to overturn the veto on the budget revision.

There were some sort of debates, but the document was put to the vote and approved. The presidential veto was overruled.

Meanwhile the protests continued and will keep on going, the fact that the parliament managed to override the presidential veto on the budget revision will not stop them now, nor any other event in the future.

The ongoing protests however are not potent enough to put a spanner in the works of the current parliament, at least for the time being. Protesters would have accrued lots of negative points if the rally on Friday had turned violent. It is important not to forget that protesters enjoy wide public support thanks to the fact that they have been consistently well-behaved and tolerant. It was a very unlikely scenario for Friday’s protests to turn violent, though.

The political situation in Bulgaria will not change in September. Protests may begin to build up for an expected show-down next month, but the government will not give in to the pressure.

In my opinion, the best case scenario for Bulgaria at the moment is that the government keeps on working and the protesters keep on rallying. This is the best combination for the time being.

If the protesters keep on taking to the streets every day, the government will feel the pressure and is likely to do quite a lot of useful things for the country.

We are in dire straits and to get out of here, we must start from somewhere.

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Optimistic - 22 Aug 2013 // 00:00:40

Interesting points Guys and yes I think the sucess of this government will be determined by the amount of jobs created and the improvements they can make in the lives of ordinary people.

Why did GERB not form a Government, they got the chance but didn't?

Seedy - 21 Aug 2013 // 19:30:34

"Ataka.......led by an actor who pretends to be a madman"

Didn't you get that one the wrong way round? ;)

Russophobe - 21 Aug 2013 // 14:05:45

Excellent points Chushki. Let's also remember that these wonderful democrats were elected by the people freely - and the majority of the people want them.......oops, i forgot that GERB actually won the most seats in the election and these modern and reformist democrats managed to squeeze in/form an ultra-democratic coalition consisting of the following:

Socialist Party - washed up communists at the orders and service of Russia. Corruption without limits, the EU froze funding last time they were in power. Full of crooks and members of organized crime in their ranks.

Turkish Party - a political party at the service of a foreign government/state and disgusting corrupt party officials who openly receive commissions during their MP mandates.

Ataka - an openly racist, anti-semitic, xenophobic party led by an actor who pretends to be a madman and believes Bulgaria should have problems with gypsies, all its neighbors, Western Europe, Muslims, Jews, Americans, Asians, Africans, (wow, sounds just like Yane the Gypsy) ....

What a wonderful pluralistic democracy Bulgaria is enjoying, i'm sure that after 4 years of these reformist technocrats, Bulgaria will have a higher GDP per capita, better infrastructure and better living standards.........

Chushki - 21 Aug 2013 // 12:18:28

Optimistic you are so right - the current 3-way coalition have democracy, transparency and equality at the heart of their expert government programme and are clearly supported by all Bulgarians (other than the handful of paid thugs, alcoholics & drug addicts who attend the anti-government protests). If anyone doubts this then they only has to see the volume of names on the petition in support of the PM, or the mass, spontaneous outpouring of government support when ordinary people, at their own expense, organized & travelled from the provinces to Sofia to celebrate the overturning of the presidential budget veto.

You also suggest changing the presidential system to ensure the executive and legislature work together in harmony - again a marvellous idea. How about appointing Stalinishev president for life? I deserve a BRAVO.

Optimistic - 21 Aug 2013 // 11:32:05

Thank you Peter, I really appreciate it.

I guess for me Democracy is so important and also the situation in Bulgaria at the moment with no majority government will force politicans from different parties to work together which could be good.

Maybe I'm thinking we should have a new election for President that could create a situation where the President and Parliament could work togetger more easily?

Seedy - 20 Aug 2013 // 14:24:02

Jeez, if you two(?) dunces ever get into the same classroom then there still wouldn't be a single brain cell in there....

"It is fantastic that Socialists, Ethnic Turks and Nationalists can pull together to create a majority to overcome the Presidential Veto and enable the Government to function...."

Birds of a feather flock together, for sure: whether it's "fantastic" for poor Bulgaria to have a "government" of thieves and worse, most of them bought and paid for by their masters in Russia, is a matter for kindergarten debate. You're either a wind-up merchant or a complete idiot....or perhaps a combination of the two.

Peter Piper - 20 Aug 2013 // 11:50:42

Well done Optimistic, rise above the extraneous abuse and stick to your points….

Optimistic - 20 Aug 2013 // 11:37:29

Good Morning Seedy,

GERB was given the opportunity to form a Government after the elections and were unable to do so.

Plus GERB was in Government and resigned because of a few protesters, we need a Government to be more determined than that.

It is fantastic that Socialists, Ethnic Turks and Nationalists can pull together to create a majority to overcome the Presidential Veto and enable the Government to function.

If they did not do this then the President could repeatedly use his Veto and prevent the Government from Governing.

So BRAVO again to the Government.

Seedy - 20 Aug 2013 // 10:28:23

In which language does "optimistic" mean "brain dead", Comrade?

If you're concerned about the government elected "by the Bulgarian People" then why isn't the party with the largest number of votes in government as opposed to an Unholy Alliance of mafiosi who literally buy voters, rely on their muddled nostalgia for the "certainty" of the days of Five Year Plans/Gulags/Equality For All (but more for me and my cronies)/Show Trials or are supported by those with thick arms and even thicker heads?

If you think a country being run by crooks and dunces deserves a "bravo" then you're clearly an idiot yourself.....

Optimistic - 19 Aug 2013 // 22:48:42

Good Article, The Government was elected by the Bulgarian People, and BRAVO to the MPs for overturning the Pesident's Veto.

The Protestors no one elected them, so Government carry on Governing !!!!!!

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