Varna City Hall Sacks Interim Mayor
The tensions in Bulgaria's Black Sea City of Varna have escalated Monday after the dismissal of interim Mayor Hristo Bozov.
Bozov was dismissed on the request of a group of municipal councilmen after spending only a month at the post as he took the oath of office on March 27.
The 33 municipal councilmen who logged the declaration against Bozov grounded it on him failing to fulfill his duties.
The initiative was started by Ivan Portnih, who is also a regional coordinator for the centrist Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria, GERB, and the likely GERB mayoral nomination, and the two deputy chairmen of the Municipal Council, Yanko Stefanov and Vladimir Tonev.
Portnih said the City Hall needed more radical changes than what Bozov was doing.
The news stirred outrage among representatives of protesting Varna residents who were present in the room. They hissed and shouted demands for the immediate resignation of the entire Municipal Council.
One of them, Mladen Zhivkov, is quoted in saying the municipal councilmen wanted Bozov removed because he interfered with their graft plans as probes ordered by the interim Mayor prevented them from receiving their "brokerage fees."
Bozov hinted that initially he had no plans to run for mayor, but the developments have forced him the change his mind. He stated he was leaving office with a crystal clean conscience.
Architect Dimitar Nikolov is the new interim Mayor. He was the Deputy Mayor for EU Affairs.
He said the news caught him by surprise and he was to yet outline his priorities,
Nikolov, however, stressed the City Hall needed some staff reshuffles and vowed to continue and speed up the probes.
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