Outgoing President Blasts Bulgarian PM over Rude Talk

Domestic | January 20, 2012, Friday // 14:57|  views

Bulgaria's outgoing President, Georgi Parvanov, says the PM's rude behavior is a detrimental trend, endangering local politics. Photo by BGNES

Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, crossed all acceptable boundaries with his public behavior, according to outgoing President, Georgi Parvanov.

Speaking for Nova TV Friday, the President, whose second term officially ends in two days, made the statement in connection with Borisov's comments and controversial remarks on the kidnapping and murder of teen girl, Mitroslava Nikolova, 17, which stirred criticism in Bulgarian media and in social networks towards the end of last week.

Parvanov told the TV hosts that he could not even begin to imagine what would happen in the country if all politicians start speaking in this manner.

"What is worse here is that this was not just a remark that he accidentally slipped – this is part of the PM's behavior; this is his strategy. He believed for a long time that this was the way to gain support from the majority of the voters," the outgoing President stressed, adding that it was one thing to talk simply and clearly in order to be understood, and another – to be just plain rude.

According to the Head of State such behavior is a detrimental trend, endangering local politics.

"When 2-3 years ago, I half-joked that Borisov's Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB, is going in the direction of the far-right, nationalist Ataka party, many got angry with me. Now, I must admit that GERB and the PM surpassed in their speech even Ataka leader, Volen Siderov," Parvanov pointed out.

The outgoing President gave another example of Borisov's rude behavior – when asked why he did not attend the first session of the Parliament in 2012, he replied: "Did Parvanov go?

"The PM must read the Constitution – the President is not subject то Parliamentary control; he is accountable only before Bulgarian people," Parvanov said.

Miroslava Nikolova, 17, from the western city of Pernik, near Sofia, was kidnapped in November and her body was discovered by the police 65 days later. Two men were arrested as suspects. One of them – Stoev AKA Chocho, according to the police, had made confessions and implicated his accomplice as the physical perpetrator of the murder.

Chocho, however, committed suicide before the eyes of highly-trained policemen when he got hold on a gun during the search of his apartment.

The other suspect – Lyubenov is listed in a Sofia psychiatry ward to be tested for schizophrenia.

In the aftermath of the news that the body was found, Borisov's remarks that the family must apologize to the police and that the Interior Minister must reward the dog that discovered the body with three or four veal steaks, stirred strong criticism and outrage among the opposition and the public with many demanding an apology from him.

Borisov apologized several times and even invited Miroslava's sister in his office.

There is also a probe against the Chief of the Pernik Unit of the Main Directorate of Combatting Organized Crime, because the sister claims he told her to grab a gun and go look for Miroslava on her own.

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