Bulgarian opposition calls for defence minister’s resignation over delays in Bulgarian-Turkish border fence

Bulgarian Defence Minister Angel Naidenov should resign immediately over the latest failure by his ministry, the delays in completing the Bulgarian-Turkish border fence, MP for centre-right opposition GERB Dimitar Ivanov said on July 9.

Ivanov made the call even though the Bulgarian Socialist Party cabinet of which Naidenov is a member is expected to resign by the end of July to make way for ahead-of-term parliamentary elections prompted by the BSP’s thorough defeat in May European Parliament elections.

Towards the end of June, Naidenov said that the fence – a project that the Bulgarian government embarked on in late 2013 as a response to the rising tide of refugees, mainly from Syria, crossing into Bulgaria from Turkey – would be ready “within days”.

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(Photo of Naidenov: bsp.bg)