Scandal, Walk-Out Mar Bulgaria President Public Council Talks
Consultations for the establishment of a Public Council at Bulgaria's presidency were brought to an abrupt end after representatives of the protesters walked out.
Nine of the ten invited representatives of the people and groups protesting in the streets, walked out of the meeting with President Rosen Plevneliev, aimed to form a Public Council as part of Bulgaria's caretaker government.
"I will not sit at one and the same table with those whom we fight. We are leaving because we want to fight, fight until the end," Angel Slavchev told reporters.
Slavchev repeated several times that he would not give in and urged people to take part in a nationwide protest on Sunday.
Thirty five representatives of people who demonstrated for weeks against poverty and the political system, of the trade unions, the business, of civic organizations, the academic community, and of NGOs were supposed to debate the tasks and the rules in the work and the structure of the future Public Council.
The Council will be chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister in the pending caretaker government.
The Public Council is planned to be a consultative body at the caretaker government in making decisions, issuing opinions, and adopting initiatives.
On February 21, Bulgaria's Parliament approved the resignation of the government of Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, and his ruling Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB, amidst unprecedented since 1997 protest rallies against unbearable utility bills, monopolies, and wide-spread poverty that turned into a civil unrest against the political model of ruling the country.
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If delegates (who knew who else was going to be at this meeting) were not prepared to sit around a table to talk problems through why did they attend in the first place? I understand that their anger makes this walk out seem inevitable but it will serve no purpose, the public demonstration on Sunday could still go ahead but their point would be better made to those they see as opponents by their continued presence at the meeting where their anger would be "in the face" of those opponents all the time. Talking around the problems will be the only way forward so why not start sooner rather than later. If these "delegates" can't or wont see this and curb their anger (but let it be seen to simmer which is far more effective) then they should be replaced by those that can, and so lead the country forward. Bulgaria does not need polorised politics but consensus to take the country forward.
Quite a generation gap in the photo.. Are the younger group on the left (sic) meant to represent the protesters, most of whom were much older than these young people?
Are the older group on the right (sic) representing the status quo? If any are NGOs, why are they involved in a govt debate?
Ah, well, democracy in action..