Bulgarian Nationalist Chief Stirs Brawl at Security CouncilDomestic | February 26, 2013, Tuesday // 14:53| views
The leader of Bulgaria's far-right, nationalist Ataka party, Volen Siderov, stormed out of the door after the President refused to fulfill his request to have media present during the entire sitting of the national security council. Photo by BGNES
The leader of Bulgaria's far-right, nationalist Ataka party, Volen Siderov, managed once again to stir a scandal in shouting and storming out of the emergency sitting of the Consultative Council for National Security, KSNS, at the Office of the President.
He accused President, Rosen Plevneliev, of creating the impression that once again senior politicians will make under-the-table bargains as not even one representative of the people demonstrating in protest for weeks now has been invited to attend.
Siderov stormed out of the door after the President refused to fulfill his request to have media present during the entire Tuesday sitting to hear the opinions and the reports of the participants.
Under the protocol, journalists are allowed only at the official opening to hear the President's welcome address and the rest is held behind closed doors.
Plevneliev countered that beyond political and propaganda demands, Bulgaria has laws that must be adhered to and these laws, including the Constitution, mandate holding the KSNS meetings behind closed doors.
"I just called on politicians to behave responsibly. I guarantee you that after the sitting, I would inform in public what we have achieved," said he, but failed to appease Siderov, who left demonstratively.
Prior to that he asked the President to extend the work of the Parliament by at least 10 days before adjourning it in appointing a caretaker government as the Constitution does not include a deadline to do so. The nationalist explained that during these 10 days, the MPs will manage to pass key legislation such as the amendments to the Energy Act, the rules to seal contracts with heating utilities, and the adjourning of the State Commission for Energy and Water Regulation, DKEVR.
KSNS was summoned as last Thursday, Bulgaria's Parliament approved the resignation of the government of Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, and his ruling Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB, amidst unprecedented since 1997 protest rallies against unbearable utility bills and wide-spread poverty that turned into a civil unrest against the political model of ruling the country.