Bulgarian President Radev hits back at predecessor Plevneliev

Bulgarian President Roumen Radev hit back on September 10 at his predecessor as head of state, Rossen Plevneliev, who has subjected him to repeated criticism.

Questioned by reporters about the latest criticism by Plevneliev, who called him “the first populist president of Bulgaria”, Radev said that the former president’s prestige should be preserved “even when he does not know how to preserve it himself”.

Plevneliev, elected on the ticket of Prime Minister Boiko Borissov’s centre-right GERB party, served as head of state until January 2017. Declining to stand for a second term, he was succeeded by Radev, a former air force commander elected on a ticket backed by the opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party.

In office, Radev has levelled a series of attacks against Borissov’s government on military modernisation and several other issues. For several months, Plevneliev – who says he intends no return to politics – has attacked Radev in a succession of television interviews.

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(Archive photo: Outgoing President Plevneliev, right, welcomes his successor Radev to the head of state’s office, January 2017. president.bg)