Bulgarian socialist government’s changes to security system press ahead

Bulgarian President Rossen Plevneliev has declined a request by centre-right former ruling party GERB to veto changes to the State Agency for National Security Act that were pushed through Parliament by the socialist government and its allies.

The changes are part of an overall restructuring of Bulgaria’s security and intelligence system as the socialists seek to roll back changes made by GERB and, they say, dismantle the omnipotent “monster” that former deputy prime minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov made of the interior ministry that he used to head.

GERB, headed by former prime minister Boiko Borissov, slammed the changes as of questionable constitutionality and likely to hamper Bulgaria’s fight against organised crime. After GERB made its request, Plevneliev – above politics as head of state, a post to which he was elected on a GERB ticket – embarked on extensive consultations.

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(Left to right: President Rossen Plevneliev, Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski, Bulgarian Socialist Party leader Sergei Stanishev. Photo: president.bg)