Bulgarian Constitutional Court Reinstates another Controversial MPDomestic | October 22, 2013, Tuesday // 16:41| views
Ivan Ivanov. Photo by offnews.bg
Bulgaria’s Constitutional Court has expectedly ruled that Socialist lawmaker Ivan Ivanov has the right to remain a Member of Parliament.
Ivanov, a Bulgarian Socialist Party MP, was appointed as Deputy Minister of Interior Affairs on June 19- and dismissed 2 hours later on the grounds of suspected links with former organized crime group SIC.
The Constitutional Court has now ruled that Ivanov has not officially assumed office as Deputy Interior Minister, and therefore has the right to remain a ligislator.
The Constitutional Court stirred controversy earlier in October when it reinstated shady media mogul Delyan Peevski as lawmaker. The move triggered new clashes between police and demonstrators in Sofia.
Peevski's appointment as Chair of the State Agency for National Security (DANS) on June 14 unleashed a series of protests which were not appeased by the prompt cancellation of the Parliament's decision. Although the scandalous appointment was cancelled, the protesters demanded the resignation of the government over a number of other controversial appointments and suspected ties with oligarchs.
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