Anti-government protests continue unabated in Bulgaria. The opposition in parliament initiated a vote of no confidence in the government. The President compared the Council of Ministers to the Mafia. The Prime Minister said he was open to dialogue.
Anti-government protests in Bulgaria have not subsided for several days. On Sunday, July 12, thousands of people took to the streets of Sofia and several other cities, including Burgas, Varna and Plovdiv. The demonstrators chanted “Mafia” and “Retired”.
Meanwhile, the opposition socialists in the Bulgarian parliament initiated a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Boyko Borisov. It is expected to take place on July 15. The leader of the Bulgarian Socialist Party Cornelia Ninova accused Borisov and his party “Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria” of “mafia-oligarchic” style of governance.
The demonstrations began on July 9, after searches in the presidential administration, which were due to the investigation of two unrelated corruption cases and the disclosure of state secrets. The Anti-Corruption Commissioner and the Presidential Security Adviser were detained for questioning. Head of State Rumen Radev placed responsibility for the searches on the Prime Minister and called on ministers to resign, comparing the government to the mafia.
For his part, Borisov said he was open to dialogue and respected the right of everyone to protest. He urged the demonstrators “to be careful and not to let a single drop of blood be spilled during a peaceful protest,” noting that hate speech “will not lead to anything good.