The Bulgarian Social Minister Biser Petkov Resigned, PM Borisov Rejected the Resignation (Updated)
Social Minister Biser Petkov resigned. His resignation was accepted by Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, a government press service said.
The official motives for the resignation of Biser Petkov are related to the demands of the parents of children with disabilities for a personal assistance law that guarantees financial support and assistance to each person according to their needs.
Last week, mothers of disabled children who protested at a tent camp behind parliament have announced that they want this law to be separate from the new disability law prepared by the Social Ministry. Work on the new disability law started last month. Minister Petkov announced that he had a dialogue with the mothers as well as with the national organizations of people with disabilities and explained that the law should be ready by the end of July so that by autumn it can pass through parliament and from the beginning next year to enter into force.
Following a request from mothers last week to ask for a separate law on personal assistance, although the ministry's plans were to put it in the new disability law, the ministry said it was continuing to work on only one bill. Today, tents of mothers of disabled children are in Bourgas and Varna. And they like those in Sofia insist on a law on personal help.
In front of Darik, the mother of a disabled child regretted the Minister's resignation and defined it as a mockery. Valentina Hristova pointed out that for the first time in a long time there was a dialogue with the mothers. She believes that the reason for the resignation of the minister is the government's reluctance to adopt a law on personal assistance
The resignation of Biser Petkov is the second in Boyko Borisov's third cabinet. In the autumn of last year Prof. Nikolay Petrov resigned from the post of Health Minister, stating personal reasons for this.
"This morning I decided that Biser Petkov should remain a Social Minister. Before I went to Turkey, I said to him: "Stay and finish your job," said Boyko Borisov from Turkey.
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