Rumyana Bachvarova Gets MPs Approval to Be Next Interior Minister
Lawmakers have voted to approve current Deputy PM Rumyana Bachvarova as the country's next Interior Minister.
This comes after Veselin Vuchkov stepped down last week over his disagreement with Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and the rest of the cabinet on key reshuffles at his ministry.
Bachvarova will now be both Deputy PM on coalition policy and Interior Minister.
Speaking from the rostrum in Parliament, Borisov officially tabled the dismissal of Vuchkov, which is to be voted alongside the appointment of Bachvarova.
During the debate that followed, a number of MPs from various political forces exchanged bitter remarks, with the oppositional Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) doubting whether Bachvarova will really run the Interior Ministry and apparently hinting at PM Borisov's intention to lead from behind.
Socialist lawmaker Atanas Merdzhanov reminded that Bachvarova is "the closest person to Boyko Borisov" within GERB's leadership.
But Metodi Andreev, a lawmaker from Borisov's conservative GERB party, wished Bachvarova to become the Bulgarian "Iron Lady".
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Good for you Ms Bachvarova! Congratulations! I'm sure a woman in this important appointment would be a very fresh change indeed no doubt, and she would most probably sort out all the men around her dozing in their comfort zones, and clean out all the cobwebs in the Interior Ministry and around it.
As for the Socialists having objections: the insinuation that she will be "lead from behind" is downright crass, nasty and insulting to her and everyone in parliament. It's also a chauvinistic attitude to suggest it. I think that they know from experience of being "lead from behind" very well.
I really hope that everyone gives her a fair go.