Bulgaria Moves to Scrap 'Unruly' State-Owned Pollster

Domestic | August 5, 2013, Monday // 14:49|  views

Bulgarian Parliament Chair Mihail Mikov. Photo by BGNES

Bulgarian Parliament Chair Mihail Mikov has reiterated that the National Center for Study of Public Opinion (NCIOM) has to be closed.

The state-owned opinion research center conducted a poll last month showing that some 60% of Bulgarians back the ongoing anti-government protests in the country.

NCIOM also showed in July that the Socialist-endorsed government of Bulgarian Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski had started its term with a record-high 59% disapproval.

“I believe we do not need that. There are enough polling agencies,” Mikov told reporters on Monday, referring to NCIOM.

Commenting on the ongoing anti-corruption rallies demanding the government’s resignation, Mikov said the rulers would not step down as a result of “pressure just for the sake of pressure.”

“The Parliament’s legitimacy is based on elections,” he reminded.

Monday marks the 53rd consecutive day of anti-graft protests against Bulgaria’s government. The rallies were prompted by a series of highly controversial appointments and wider concerns about corruption.

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