Cabinet appoints new deputy head of State Agency for Bulgarians Abroad

A day after firing the acting head of the State Agency for Bulgarians Abroad amid an investigation into the agency by the state Chief Inspectorate and anti-corruption officials, Bulgaria’s cabinet appointed a new deputy head.

Caretaker Prime Minister Georgi Bliznashki appointed Iva Yordanova, until now an adviser to Deputy Prime Minister Iliyana Tsanova, who on October 15 announced the probe into the agency.

The probe was ordered, along with the firing of the acting head, after it emerged that there had been widespread irregularities in issuing foreigners from Balkan countries with certificates that they had Bulgarian origins – even though in more than 1000 cases, no documentary proof of this was submitted.

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