Anti-government protests in Bulgaria continue

By bne IntelliNews June 19, 2013

Demonstrations against the government continued for a fifth consecutive day on Tuesday, June 18. Some 7,000 people attended the protest in Sofia, according to data from the interior ministry. However, unofficial sources claim that the attendance was much higher - between 10,000 and 15,000 people. The majority of the protestors are with rightist views and represent the group of people that were left without representation in the parliament and government as no right-wing party was able to win enough votes to overcome the 4% threshold in the snap elections in May. Part of the blame for this may be attributed to the internal conflicts within the right-wing parties which now are reportedly discussing the idea of forming a new alliance. 

Meanwhile, the parliament will discuss today, June 19, the appointment of Delyan Peevski as head of the national security agency (DANS), which triggered the mass protests in the country. The parliament will vote to withdraw his nomination and will decide whether he will remain a member of parliament. The two political parties may have hard time forming a quorum, though, as opposition CEDB once again threatened to boycott the assembly.

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