Bulgarian President holds firm against appointing ambassadors who were communist secret service agents

In one of the first most significant differences between Bulgaria’s socialist-led government and the country’s head of state, President Rossen Plevneliev has held firm against appointing ambassadors who worked for the country’s communist-era State Security secret service.

The centre-right government that was in power in Bulgaria between July 2009 and March 2013 moved against ambassadors abroad officially shown to have been State Security agents.

The argument of that government, headed by Boiko Borissov and with Nikolai Mladenov as its foreign minister, was that it was inappropriate for post-communist Bulgaria to be represented abroad by former agents of the secret state apparatus.

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