Boiko Borissov, who resigned along with his government last week, was admitted to the government hospital in the Sofia residential area of Lozenets on February 26 2013 because of high blood pressure, the hospital was quoted by local media as saying.
Borissov, who has made scant public appearances after Parliament voted to accept the resignation of the government, was being given medication after his blood pressure was recorded as 190/110.
Doctors had prescribed rest and it was likely that Borissov would be released either on the afternoon of February 26 or the morning of February 27, hospital director Lyubomir Spassov said.
Borissov, whose earlier career involved martial arts and working as a bodyguard and who is a keen amateur footballer, had been advised to cut down on sport in the next few days, Spassov said.
The government media office confirmed that Borissov was in hospital. Borissov had been absent from the Consultative Council on National Security special meeting on the political crisis on February 26.
After the vote in Parliament approving the resignation of his government, Borissov – angered by allegations by a Movement for Rights and Freedoms MP related to Borissov reportedly having been summoned to give evidence in an organised crime trial in Serbia – hit back with an allegation that MRF leader Ahmed Dogan had ordered his murder because of Borissov’s actions against organised crime.
On February 25, after declining to accept from President Rossen Plevneliev a mandate to form a new government – a ritual procedure that is part of steps laid down in the constitution – Borissov made a strongly-worded call for the opposition socialists and MRF to immediately form a government, as he jeered at them in a challenge for them to fulfil their promises of improved incomes and a better life for Bulgarians.