Bulgaria’s axed Interior Ministry chief secretary lodged complaint to Prosecutor-General about pressure to quit

Georgi Kostov, dismissed as Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry chief secretary on February 22, said that he had approached the Prosecutor-General about earlier pressure on him from the caretaker Prime Minister and the Interior Minister on him to resign.

President Roumen Radev decreed Kostov’s dismissal on the recommendation of Ognyan Gerdzhikov’s caretaker Cabinet, which had alleged that Kostov was involved in exerting political pressure on senior Interior Ministry officers.

Kostov, appointed by then-president Rossen Plevneliev in March 2015 at the recommendation of the second Boiko Borissov government, was dismissed a few days before the start of campaigning ahead of Bulgaria’s March 26 2017 early parliamentary elections.

After the caretaker Cabinet announced its recommendation that Kostov be fired, GERB leader Borissov said that he was being got rid of because the Bulgarian Socialist Party was preparing to “buy” the elections.

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