Bulgaria's PM Learned about Assassination Plot on His Life 2 Weeks Ago

Domestic | February 21, 2013, Thursday // 17:08|  views

"I made public this information today only because the government has already resigned," Borisov told media outside parliament. Photo by Sofia Photo Agency

Bulgaria's outgoing prime minister, who resigned shockingly on Wednesday, has said he learned about a plotted assassination attempt on his life just two weeks ago.

"I made public this information today only because the government has already resigned," Borisov told media outside parliament.

Earlier in the day speaking from the parliamentary rostrum just minutes after parliament accepted with overwhelming majority the resignation of his government, Boyko Borisov said Ahmed Dogan wanted him dead, citing a document from the intelligence of a foreign country.

"The intelligence agency of a partner country has provided documents, which clearly show that there were preparations for an assassination attempt on my life," Borisov said in a short and emotional speech.

Borisov directly accused Ahmed Dogan as the mastermind of the assassination plot and called on parliament to form an ad hoc committee to make public the classified document.

Bulgaria's Parliament accepted Thursday the resignation handed by Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and his Cabinet.

A total of 209 lawmakers voted in favor of the proposed resignation, while 5 were against and 1 abstained from voting.

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov made the shocking announcement Wednesday that his cabinet is to resign en masse around noon. The move follows a tumultuous week of public anger over rising electricity prices, corruption and austerity measures that ignited mass protests nationwide.

Borissov told MPs on Wednesday that his party would not be part of a caretaker government.

Twenty-five people were taken to hospital and fourteen were injured after protesters clashed with police late on Tuesday. The Prime Minister stated that the threats of turning the massive protests bloody made him announce the resignation

If all parties in the Bulgarian Parliament decline to appoint a new cabinet, President Rosen Plevneliev must appoint a caretaker government, and then, with one single decree, adjourn the Parliament and schedule a new general election no later than two months after the termination of the powers of the last government.

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