Bulgaria’s protests, the sound and the fury

Rather like the fine lady in the nursery rhyme, who has rings on her fingers and bells on her toes, and shall have music wherever she goes, it seems that Plamen Oresharski shall have the sound of protesters wherever he goes.

Anti-government protests in Bulgaria have been reinvigorated by the outcome of the Constitutional Court process by which controversial figure Delyan Peevski is a member of Parliament.

It was the appointment of Peevski, scion of a family with massive media ownerships and who sees himself a youthful success story, as the head of the State Agency for National Security that prompted public outrage that has continued for 119 days of protests. Those protests began to dwindle at the height of summer, but the end of the court process this week in turn inspired sufficient indignation to bump up the numbers on the streets.

Peevski, who did not come to Parliament in the months while the question of whether he was an MP was before the Constitutional Court after the opposition said that his short-lived SANS appointment meant the end of his tenure as a lawmaker, has not been seen in the House since the Constitutional Court process ended.

But by the nature of his post, Oresharski, appointed in May to sit in the prime minister’s chair in the Bulgarian Socialist Party cabinet, cannot be quite as elusive.

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