Anastas Anastasov Elected Deputy Speaker of Bulgarian ParliamentDomestic | July 14, 2010, Wednesday // 11:16| views
Anastas Anastasov is the new Deputy Speaker of the Bulgarian Parliament. Photo by BGNES
The Members of the Bulgarian Parliament elected Wednesday the Head of the Internal Affairs Parliamentary Committee, Anastas Anastasov, Deputy Speaker of the Parliament.
Anastasov replaces Lachezar Ivanov, also from the ruling Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB) party, who resigned after being involved in a scandal where he was accused of trying to pressure a TV reporter to halt a broadcast about the properties and the wealth of a friend of his – a Customs agent.
Ivanov also vacated the post of Chair of the Parliamentary Health Committee, and was replaced by Desislava Ivanova, while Genoveva Aleksieva became the same Committee’s Deputy Chair, following another resignation – of GERB MP, Plamen Tsekov. Tsekov, along with the Chair of the Committee on EU Funds, Svetlin Tanchev, were involved in a scandal over the notorious “lobbyist” amendment to the Drug Substances Act, which would liberalize the rules about advertisements including pictures of illegal drugs. Tanchev was replaced Wednesday by Monica Panayotova.
Anastasov said his election as Deputy Speaker of the Parliament is a recognition for his hard work over the last year. He will lead a parliamentary session for the first time Friday.