Bulgarians Protest 'Fake' New Government

Domestic | June 2, 2013, Sunday // 11:30|  views

Hundreds of Bulgarian have walked out downtown in capital Sofia Sunday to protest the new Oresharski cabinet, just days after it was voted by parliament.

The protest started as two separate rallies, by minor parties National Front for the Salvation of Bulgaria, and Order, Law and Justice (RZS).

Protesters, which number around 200, are calling for snap elections and shouting slogans such as "Out with DPS," refering to the liberal party Movement for Rights and Freedoms.

Plamen Oresharski's cabinet was formed with the mandate of the Bulgarian Socialist Party and is supported by the Movement.

The two parties together have just 120 MPs out of Bulgaria's 240.

Protesters have said that they view the composition of both parliament and cabinet as illegitimate.

They have also vehemently criticized what they called the support of nationalist party Ataka, who has 23 more MPs, for the new cabinet.

After meeting in front of the house of parliament in Sofia, the two rallies marched to the offices of the Constitutional Court.

Currently, the court is reviewing a plea by former ruling GERB party for the cancellation of election results due to alleged violations of the election process.

The National Front for the Salvation of Bulgaria, founded recently by Skat TV owner Valeri Simeonov after a rift between Ataka, received just under the 4% hurdle at the May 12 snap elections in Bulgaria.

The Order, Law and Justice party, led by Yane Yanev, was represented in Bulgaria's last parliament, but failed to gather an adequate vote this time over.

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Tags: RZS, Movement for Rights and Freedoms, Bulgarian Socialist Party, Plamen Oresharski, Valeri Simeonov, Yane Yanev, Constitutional Court, GERB, elections, National Front for the Salvation of Bulgaria, Ataka, protest


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