Outraged 'Protesting' Bulgarians Walk out of Talks with PM

Domestic | June 14, 2013, Friday // 12:47|  views

Former Finance Minister, Plamen Oresharski, was elected PM on the mandate of the Bulgarian Socialist Party. Photo by BGNES

Representatives of Bulgarians, who staged mass protest rallies at the end of the winter against poverty, stagnation, and corruption, left in outrage their meeting with Prime Minister, Plamen Oresharski, after learning that a controversial MP has been elected national security chief.

The Parliament voted Friday to approve Oresharski's nomination to have Delyan Peevski, Member of the Parliament from the liberal ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) lead the country's National Security Agency, DANS.

Peevski was elected swiftly with the vote of MPs from his own party and the left-wing Bulgarian Socialist Party, BSP, and hastily took the oath of office.

Representatives of Civil Association of Protesting Bulgarians "Liberation," of the Association of Food Merchants, of the National Forum "Unity," of the Movement "Civil Control," of the Movement "Time," of the National Forum "United, Capable, Strong," and of the Foundation for Assisting Victims of Crime and for Fighting Corruption, were all invited to meet with Oresharski Friday to discuss the priorities of the Cabinet for reviving the economy and ruling the country.

They all left, voicing indignation of the latest move involving the country's security and law enforcement.

Meanwhile, Oresharski told journalists that Peevski's nomination has been the right one. He firmly reiterated this has been his own decision and only his decision.

"Of course the nomination was discussed with the parliamentary groups of BSP and DPS. You understand their support was a must," said he.

The news about Peevski immediately caused uproar in Bulgaria. Citizens are uniting on Facebook to stage a protest rally Friday evening.

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Tags: DPS, Movement for Rights and Freedoms, Turkish, Bulgarian Socialist Party, Sergey Stanishev, Ataka, Volen Siderov, Plamen Oresharski, GERB, DANS, Boyko Borisov, Delyan Peevski, protest rallies

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