Bulgaria Right Wing Wants Govt Out over 'Shocking FBI Head' Election

Domestic | June 15, 2013, Saturday // 16:18|  views

Thousands of people rallied on Friday to protest against the appointment of a media magnate Delyan Peevski as Bulgaria's new security chief. Photo by Sofia Photo Agency

The right-wing Democrats for Strong Bulgaria, DSB, has called on the recently elected government to resign a day after it pushed through the election of a controversial MP for national security chief.

The Parliament voted Friday to approve Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski's nomination to have Delyan Peevski, Member of the Parliament from DPS to 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.

In a declaration DSB stressed that the choice is an arrogant demonstration of how the mafia has declared a war over the average Bulgarian citizens, prompting countrywide protests on Friday evening.

“We saw on Friday evening that Bulgaria has a strong civil society. Tens of thousands of Bulgarians are ready to take to the streets not demanding more money and nice life, but in the name of a big cause – separation of the state from the mafia, restoration of the rule of law in Bulgaria,” Radan Kanev, who is likely to head the party, commented on Saturday.

Once the symbol of the right wing in Bulgaria, DSB failed to pass the 4% threshold in the May 12 early general elections to enter the Parliament.

Following the poor performance of the party, DSB leader and former Bulgarian Prime Minister Ivan Kostov, DSB Deputy Chair Radan Kanev and Petar Moskov announced that they were resigning.

On May 13, Kostov made clear that DSB's governing body would resign collectively on June 23 and the party's national council would elect a new leader and a new governing panel.

Kanev, in turn, suggested that Bulgarians with democratic beliefs had been left without representation in Parliament, which was an unheard-of situation.

Kostov named then Kanev as the nominee of the party's governing body for DSB Chair.

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