The longest day for Bulgaria

Bulgarians woke up on June 21, in the northern hemisphere the longest day, to the news that after a marathon meeting of Bulgarian Socialist Party senior members, party leader Sergei Stanishev had won the vote of confidence that he asked.

But this hardly seems a resounding sign of confidence, as the meeting also discussed the series of major blunders by the BSP government and discussed the steps that government should take in the month ahead.

The soaring temperatures of the day also seemed to symbolise the ever-rising political temperatures of the streets, as in parallel with the BSP meeting on the night of June 20, anti-government protests brought many thousands of Bulgarians on to the streets of Sofia and all major cities – for the seventh night in a row.

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