WSJ Says Bulgaria's President Spoke about New Caretaker Govt, He Denies

Politics » DOMESTIC | July 26, 2013, Friday // 13:06
Bulgaria: WSJ Says Bulgaria's President Spoke about New Caretaker Govt, He Denies Bulgaria's President Rosen Plevneliev. Photo by BGNES

The Wall Street Journal stands behind its interview with Bulgaria’s president, where he was quoted as saying he is ready to appoint a new caretaker government.

Bulgaria’s president has denied saying this.

In response to a query by Bulgarian Presa daily, the Wall Street Journal said: “The comments by the President as reported by the Journal are accurate.”

"During the nearly one-hour interview for The Wall Street Journal, the president did not say that he is ready to “appoint a new caretaker government,” the press office of the presidency said in a statement, circulated to the media.

According to the statement President Rosen Plevneliev mentions just one caretaker government – the one he appointed in March 2013.

In an interview for the Wall Street Journal Wednesday, President Plevneliev was quoted as saying he is ready to appoint a new caretaker government.

"We've had three governments so far this year. Maybe we'll have five. If this government resigns, I'll appoint a new caretaker government," said he, according to the article.

The rallies carried out in the capital Sofia for 40 consecutive days, turned violent Tuesday overnight, when police clashed with several hundred protesters who had blocked MPs from leaving parliament.

At the same time, PM Plamen Oresharski told WSJ that a resignation is not the better option, as it would destabilize the country.

"Democracy is based on three major foundations: a market economy, an independent media and a well-functioning justice system. Those three fundamentals in Bulgaria should be strengthened right now. We need wise political decisions," stated Plevneliev.

"The market has a problem with oligarchy, the media has a problem with monopoly and putting journalists under pressure, and the Bulgarian justice system is not perfect at all," he added.

However, in a special statement released Wednesday, Plevneliev also cautioned against the resort to violence and vandalism among protesters.

The Bulgarian President has been criticized of not living up to his neutral role representing the unity of the nation by taking a marked pro-protest and anti-cabinet stance.

The Oresharski cabinet came to power following May 12 general elections.

Significant protest rallies are being held only in capital Sofia and are composed chiefly of young rightist-leaning people.

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