Bulgaria's Restive Varna to Vote for Mayor

Domestic | June 29, 2013, Saturday // 11:40|  views

The Varna city council. Photo by BGNES

Saturday is the so-called "day of reflection" ahead of Sunday's mayor election in Bulgaria's third-largest city of Varna.

Early March, longtime Varna mayor Kiril Yordanov resigned after weeks of street protests against social economic stagnation, and the influence of shady business group TIM over the city and region.

The Varna rallies triggered Bulgaria's January and Feburary 2013 protests that led to the resignation of then-PM Boyko Borisov and calling of early elections May 12.

They also tragically included a number of fatal self-immolations, many of them due to poverty and personal distress.

In Varna, young man Plamen Goranov, dubbed by some "Bulgaria's Jan Palach", perished after setting himself on flame as an act of protest against corruption in the city.

9 candidates are running in Sunday's vote.

They include former ruling GERB party candidate Ivan Portnih and local businessman Veselin Mareshki.

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Tags: corruption, stagnation, TIM, Boyko Borisov, Kiril Yordanov, mayor, Varna, elections, protests, Plamen Goranov, self-immolations, GERB, Ivan Portnih, Veselin Mareshki


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