Defense Minister Rejects Resignation of Bulgaria’s Military Intelligence Chief

Domestic | October 5, 2015, Monday // 16:06|  views

Bulgaria's Defense Minister Nikolay Nenchev, photo by BGNES

Bulgaria’s Defense Minister Nikolay Nenchev has rejected the resignation of Yordan Bakalov, head of the Military Intelligence Service.

Bakalov, the current civilian head of the Military Intelligence Service, tabled his resignation on Monday due to a set of newly adopted legal amendments stating that the head of the unit could only be an Armed Forces officer on active duty. Bakalov, appointed to the post in May 2015, doesn’t meet the new requirements.

However, Nenchev made clear on Monday that he would not accept it until the pronouncement of the President on the legal amendments and their promulgation, according to the press office of the Defense Ministry.

Earlier on Monday Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov did not rule the option of Bakalov keeping his post, provided that a presidential veto blocked the Military Intelligence Act provisions related to the requirements for holding the post of Director of the Defence Ministry’s Defence Information Service and the wording of these provisions was changed.

Bulgaria’s right-wing formation the Reformist Bloc demanded last week that the President veto the Military Intelligence Act amendments stating that only an Armed Forces officer on active duty could occupy the post of Director of the Military Intelligence Service.

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Tags: Nikolay Nenchev, Defense Minister, Defense Ministry, Defense Information Service, military intelligence service, Yordan Bakalov, veto


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