President Plevneliev: Situation in Bulgaria ‘extraordinary’

Bulgarian President Rossen Plevneliev, in his first interview with foreign media after more than a month of the anti-government protests that he repeatedly has praised, told Deutsche Welle that the situation in Bulgaria was “extraordinary”.

He said that unfortunately, there was no dialogue, while Parliament and the government had the lowest levels of confidence among the public since the beginning of democracy in Bulgaria.

Politicians could regain the trust of citizens by taking steps towards more transparency, said Plevneliev, in office as head of state since January 2012 after being elected on the ticket of the former centre-right ruling party.

Plevneliev, who after the massive controversy that erupted with the Bulgarian Socialist Party and Movement for Rights and Freedoms abortively appointing Delyan Peevski as head of the State Agency for National Security, withdrew his confidence in the government, noted that the party that had won the largest share of votes in the May elections was boycotting Parliament.

At the same time, the other two parties, collectively with half the seats in Parliament, had formed a government and had made a deliberate decision to rely on an ultra-nationalist and anti-European party, Plevneliev said, referring to Volen Siderov’s Ataka party.

Meanwhile, Ataka leader Siderov is continuing his campaign against Plevneliev. Siderov’s earlier attempts to have Plevneliev impeached for his public statements about the anti-government protests were stillborn for lack of support and numbers in Parliament.


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