Bulgaria Socialist Leader Snubs Calls for Resignation over 'FBI' Furor - Report

Domestic | June 15, 2013, Saturday // 15:41|  views

Sergey Stanishev. Photo by Sofia Photo Agency

Bulgarian Socialist Party leader Sergey Stanishev has ruled out quitting his post over the furor that the election of controversial media mogul Delyan Peevski for new security chief triggered, reports say.

The reports come in response to calls by members of the Socialist party, who claim Peevski’s nomination and election discredit gravely their formation and may even spell its death.

The Parliament voted Friday to approve the nomination of Prime Minister, Plamen Oresharski, who proposed to have Peevski, Member of the Parliament from the liberal ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) to lead DANS.

In a move, stunning both MPs from the opposition center-right Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB, of former Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, and parliamentary reporters, Oresharski proposed at the beginning of the sitting to have a new item on the agenda – election of new DANS Director.

The request caused outraged GERB MPs to leave plenary hall.

Oresharski then proceeded to nominate Peevski.

The controversial MP was then quickly elected as the new head of the agency.

More about Delyan Peevski can be read HERE and HERE.

The move stirred outrage in Bulgaria, with some 12000 joining a Facebook page calling for a protest against the election and thousands taking to the streets across the country on Friday evening.

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Tags: DPS, ethnic Turkish Movement for Rights and Freedoms party, Bulgarian Socialist Party, Sergey Stanishev, Ataka, Volen Siderov, Plamen Oresharski, GERB, DANS, Boyko Borisov, Delyan Peevski, Rosen Plevneliev, State Agency for National Security


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