Protest and poser after Bulgarian Interior Minister submits resignation

The political drama over the resignation of Bulgaria’s Interior Minister Vesselin Vuchkov continued on March 5 as the formal tabling of his resignation in Parliament was awaited and the Protest Network announced an evening demonstration over the broader issues raised by his departure.

Vuchkov said at a March 4 cabinet meeting that he was stepping down because his intention to replace the Interior Ministry chief secretary and other senior officials was being thwarted.

Prime Minister Boiko Borissov agreed to accept his resignation, expressing fury at the timing as it came on the same day that the director of the FBI and the president of Azerbaijan were visiting Bulgaria.

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