Bulgarian MPs Vote on Constitutional Court Nomination

Domestic | February 22, 2013, Friday // 08:47|  views

Bulgaria's center-right ruling party GERB has nominated Grozdan Iliev, Deputy Chair of the Supreme Court of Cassation (VKS), for a Constitutional Court judge. Photo by BGNES

Bulgaria's Parliament will vote Friday to fill the vacancy at the Constitutional Court (KS).

The only nominee for a Constitutional Court judge is Grozdan Iliev, Deputy Chair of the Supreme Court of Cassation (VKS), nominated by the center-right party Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria, GERB.

The filling of the vacancy at KS will allow it to finally start functioning after the notorious failure of the bids of judge Veneta Markovska and prosecutor Galya Gugusheva amidst accusations of shady practices, conflict of interests, and money laundering.

During his hearing, Iliev declared he is non-partisan, despite being nominated by GERB, stressing throughout his entire career he has always strived to be independent and consistent.

When asked if citizens would be able to turn to the Constitutional Court, he replied: "Someday it would be possible," but stressed he was concerned people would approach the Court over lost cases, instead of violations of basic human rights.

The vote on Iliev's nomination was scheduled for March 6, but was changed due to the chocking resignation of Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, and the fact Bulgaria is without a Constitutional Court since October, 2012.

The resignation could lead to the adjourning of the Parliament, thus if the vacancy is not filled ASAP, there will be no instance to examine claims connected to election results.

On Wednesday, Borisov made the stunning announcement he was resigning, grounding the decision on not wanting to see blood on streets and fences around the building of the Parliament. He said he was returning the power to the people who elected him in the summer of 2009.

The breaking news about Borisov's resignation came in the aftermath of large-scale protests across the country against high utility bills, leading to clashes with riot police with many injuries and vandalism.

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Tags: Constitutional Court, Veneta Markovska, Galya Gugusheva, Supreme Court of Cassation, GERB, ruling party, resignation, Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov


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