The chief of Bulgaria’s Military Intelligence service, former caretaker interior minister Yordan Bakalov, has resigned, Bulgarian National Television said on October 4 – just a few months after his May 2015 appointment to the post.
His resignation followed Parliament’s approval of a Military Intelligence Bill on October 1 that says that the director of the Military Intelligence Service must be someone of senior military rank on active military service, with at least 10 years’ experience in the national security system.
The bill was amended from a first-reading version that would have allowed the Military Intelligence chief to be a civilian. A second-reading amendment by opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party MP Tasko Ermenkov was approved by MPs.
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