Bulgaria Govt Supporters Seek Presidential Impeachment
Scores of Bulgarians, rallying daily in support of the embattled Socialist-backed cabinet, have joined calls for impeachment of the president.
They have launched a sing-up, demanding the resignation of President Rosen Plevneliev and accusing him of political bias.
Last week Bulgaria’s biggest nationalist party, a key group in the current parliament, has demanded that the president is removed from office after he called for new early general elections.
"We are shocked by the unconstitutional behaviour of that person, who plays the role of a president. His statement showed he is politically biased and has taken a side in a conflict, which involved extremists and divides the nation,” Volen Siderov, Ataka party leader, said on Friday afternoon.
Earlier in the day Bulgaria’s president called for new early elections, claiming this is the only way out of the ongoing political crisis and mass protests.
“Early parliamentary elections are the only democratic solution to the crisis we are in. To tell people that new early elections are a dangerous scenario is to tell them that democracy is dangerous,” Rosen Plevneliev said in his address to the nation in connection with the tense situation in the country.
“Bulgarians are protesting peacefully, which is a clear sign our society is mature…. What is most worrying is that there were attempts to artificially provoke ethnic conflicts. This means playing with fire and the consequences could be disastrous. Haven’t we learned anything from our neighbors? I firmly condemn those provocations!”
The series of anti-government protests in Bulgaria was triggered by the scandalous appointment of controversial media mogul Delyan Peevski as Chair of the State Agency for National Security (DANS).
Although the appointment was revoked, the people went on to demand that the cabinet resign collectively over ties with oligarchs.
Protesters are also calling for Election Code amendments which will guarantee greater representation of the people in Parliament.
Plevneliev has backed the protests earlier, but two days ago he said the solution for the crisis was not a "revolution, but right steps in the right direction."
According to him, the political instability has a negative influence on entrepreneurs and investments. He stressed the crisis in the country is not an economic one as the macroeconomic indicators are stable, due to the strict fiscal policy and the established fundamental "culture of stability on the backdrop of the currency board."
Bulgaria’s embattled Socialist-backed government however has repeatedly denied rampant speculations that it is considering resignation amid mass protests.
Meanwhile Bulgaria's former Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov stated that early general elections in September would be the best scenario for the country.
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