District Governor of Bulgaria's Varna Resigns

Domestic | July 7, 2013, Sunday // 16:06|  views

Varna District Governor Kosta Bazitov has filed his resignation. Photo by BGNES

Kosta Bazitov, District Governor of Bulgaria's Black Sea city of Varna, has filed his resignation.

In a Sunday interview for Darik radio, Bazitov made clear that he was leaving office for personal reasons and the decision was not politically motivated.

He pointed out that he had filed his resignation on Thursday and he expected his request to be reviewed during the government sitting on July 10, when the Cabinet was to appoint his successor, as well as new deputies.

Bazitov explained that he had been left without Deputy District Governors for the past few months as Plamen Manushev had become MP and Slavcho Slavov and Nikolay Nyagolov had been removed from the post a few months before that.

Bazitov was appointed District Governor of Varna in October 2012.

He succeeded Dancho Simeonov, who was ousted by the center-right government of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.

Before assuming the office of District Governor, Bazitov was longtime Deputy of former Varna Mayor Kiril Yordanov and one of his most trusted allies, according to reports of Darik radio.

Bulgaria's coastal city of Varna is holding a run-off election for Mayor on Sunday.

The two candidates for the post are Hristo Bozov, backed by the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), and Ivan Portnih, nominee of center-right party Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB).

At the first round of the elections last Sunday, Bozov came in first with 30%, followed by Portnih with some 27%.

The first round was marked by record low voter turnout – only 25% or 74 000 people went to the polls on Sunday, June 30.

In early March, fourth-term 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 February 2013 protests that led to the resignation of then-PM Boyko Borisov and his GERB Cabinet, 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 fire as an act of protest against corruption in the city.

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Tags: District Governor, Kosta Bazitov, mayoral election, run-off, GERB, Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB), Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), Hristo Bozov, Ivan Portnih, Kiril Yordanov, protests, corrupion, self-immolations, Plamen Goranov, TIM


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