President: Bulgarian Student Occupation Signals Need for Change

Politics » DOMESTIC | November 5, 2013, Tuesday // 20:29| Views: | Comments: 0
Bulgaria: President: Bulgarian Student Occupation Signals Need for Change Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev. Photo by BGNES

The occupations staged by students at a number of Bulgarian universities show the need for deep change in Bulgaria, stated Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev.

Tuesday Plevneliev arrived on a visit to Slovakia, where he met with members of the Bulgarian community.

"What is happening today at Bulgarian universities is a clear sign that a change is needed," said the Bulgarian head of state.

Requesting the resignation of Bulgarian PM Plamen Oresharski and the dissolution of parliament, students called for "morality" in Bulgarian politics.

"Citizens want to see institutions that face them and solve their problems - not institutions that are turned towards the powers taht be," stated Plevneliev.

"We should not be worried that the students have something to say, but we should be greatly worried if politicians close themselves behind their thick walls and remain deaf to civil society," commented the Bulgarian President.

Plevneliev linked the student occupation to February protests against the cabinet of ex-PM Boyko Borisov and the June-July rallies against the current Oresharski cabinet

According to him, the first wave pointed out citizens' worry about Bulgaria's energy system, while the second, their outrage at a perceived vicious interweaving of politics, business and media, problems he said are pressing to be dealt with.

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