‘Crisis has now reached parliament’

Published on 27 June 2013 at 13:00

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On June 26, several hundred people demonstrated in front of the National Assembly in Sofia, blocking MPs from entering the building and demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Plamen Orecharski, the target of protests for alleged cronyism since mid-June.
Backed by the Socialist Party and the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MDL), which represents the interests of the country’s Muslim community, Orecharski’s government also needs the votes of the xenophobic and ultranationalist Ataka party to secure a majority. However, Ataka MPs have recently boycotted the parliament, making it impossible for the new government to proceed with political appointments.
Ataka leader “Volen Siderov is now dictating his terms," explains Kapital.
On June 27, the far-right leader was jeered by demonstrators when he returned to the parliament, which was finally able to procede with the appointment of two deputy prime ministers.

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