Bulgarian PM Disappears from Public Space

Domestic | February 19, 2013, Tuesday // 10:29|  views

Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, who is known for his frequent media appearances, at least several times a day, is nowhere to be seen for over 70 hours now. Photo by BGNES

Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, who is known for his frequent media appearances, at least several times a day, is nowhere to be seen for over 70 hours now.

Borisov's last media presence was registered Saturday morning when he spoke for Nova TV.

Bulgarians have been staging protest rallies across the country against high utility bills for days, but the largest ones were held precisely over the weekend and Monday evening when demonstrators in the capital Sofia clashed with riot police.

In the Saturday interview for Nova TV, the PM announced that his Deputy, Interior Minister, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, will be appointed chief of the election campaign headquarters of the ruling Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB.

Last Thursday, the Parliament adopted the proposal of GERB banning ministers from acting as chiefs of election campaign headquarters.

Borisov's announcement about Tsvetanov on Saturday prompted a wave of commentaries that this will force the Interior Minister to resign from the post.

Later Saturday, the PM cancelled all his public appearances and left for Skopje. The site OFFNews writes, citing own, undisclosed sources that he has spent just a few hours in the Macedonian capital and has even returned ahead of schedule. For the first time ever, the arrival was not publically announced and no reporters were invited to brief him on the results of the visit.

Despite the fact that one of his key people – his other Deputy Finance Minister Simeon Djankov, resigned, stunning many, Borisov is yet to offer an official explanation about the grounds, fueling rumors and assumptions.

The GERB Members of the Parliament were left on their own to motivate the move, but got utterly confused and at the end admitted "they did not know why Djankov has resigned, but supported the resignation."

The confusion reached ridicule when it was reported that GERB's press office has mistakenly mailed media outlets with guidelines for speaking about the ongoing political crisis in the country.

Minutes later, the press center sent another e-mail, clarifying that this was a mistake and the previous message had been intended for GERB MPs. Despite the blunder, leading MPs from the ruling party literally repeated the text of the guidelines when commenting on the protests, the resignation and the political crisis in the country.

It further emerged Tuesday, from the official agenda for marking the 140th anniversary of the death of national hero Vasil Levski that Borisov will not attend any of the events on the day the entire country bows to the revolutionary.

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