Ex Bulgaria PM: Govt Must Resign for Sake of DemocracyDomestic | August 2, 2013, Friday // 11:52| views
Boyko Borisov, former Bulgarian Prime Minister and leader of center-right party GERB, photo by BGNES
Boyko Borisov, former Bulgarian Prime Minister and leader of center-right party GERB, has said that the only democratic means to oust a government is the submission of a collective resignation.
In a Friday interview for the morning broadcast of Nova TV, he commented on the possibilities of early elections and a resignation of the socialist-led government.
Asked why center-right party GERB (Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria) had given up calls for immediate early elections to recommend elections in May 2014, Borisov argued that there had been no change of stance, adding that the changes to the Election Code would be adopted no earlier than December.
"The most important thing is to change the Election Code, and the bill has not yet been submitted for review," Borisov noted, adding that the same three parties, the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), nationalist party Ataka and liberal ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS), would remain in power unless the election rules were changed.
"We are the only party which is not and will not enter a coalition with BSP," the leader of GERB stressed.
"The European Parliament elections are in May, which is why there may be a "2 in 1" vote. I have been Prime Minister and I know how much every stotinka of public money is worth," he declared.
Borisov claimed that the Parliament had approved its summer recess so as to allow MPs "to go to the seaside" at a time when the state was collapsing.
Regarding the infamous notebook of Filip Zlatanov, Chair of the Commission on Prevention and Ascertainment of Conflict of Interest (CPACI), which was found to contain initials of senior GERB officials and instructions as to how to act in certain cases, Borisov noted that "nobody but me calls the shots at the GERB HQ."
He added that the prosecuting authority was yet to come up with a stance on the matter, suggesting that the people who had committed violations would be penalized.
Zlatanov has been charged with malfeasance in office over suspicions of acting under instructions of others to accelerate, delay, or conceal conflict of interest proceedings.
He was conclusively removed from the post of CPACI Chair with a decision of the Sofia Appellate Court on July 23.
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