Unrest in Bulgaria’s former ruling party – reports

Some members of Bulgaria’s centre-right former ruling party GERB want its deputy leader to be dumped because he has become a liability to the party, reports in the local media said.

GERB Tsvetan Tsvetanov was deputy prime minister and interior minister in the 2009/13 government. He has come a long way with party leader Boiko Borissov, having served as deputy mayor when Borissov previously was mayor of Sofia and having acted as party leader when Borissov could not because Bulgarian law forbids city mayors from being party leaders.

But Tsvetanov was targeted during the campaign ahead of the May elections with allegations that he had presided over illegal eavesdropping of senior state officials, politicians and business people. These allegations have resulted in pre-trial proceedings against Tsvetanov, who denies wrongdoing.


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