Bulgarian Cabinet Undergoes 'Highly Principled' Reshuffle - Wrap-up

Bulgarian Cabinet Undergoes 'Highly Principled' Reshuffle - Wrap-up

Bulgaria's Cabinet saw Wednesday a reshuffle of key figures, which, while not completely unexpected because of various rumors running for months, came as a bid of a surprise.

Within a matter of a couple of hours, the government saw the resignation of Transport Minister Alexander Tsvetkov, the resignation of Deputy Economy Minister in charge of energy Mariy Kosev, as well as the melodramatic finalization of the dismissal of National Social Security Institute head Hristina Mitreva.

According to Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, the reshuffle of his Cabinet is based on "principled rules", the more specific rationale being technical failures such as failing to boost and accelerate the absorption of EU funds.

Transport Minister Alexander Tsvetkov will be replaced by his deputy Ivailo Moskovski.

Tsvetkov somewhat surprisingly resigned his position, the only explanation on part of the Transport Ministry and himself being that her had personal motives for this move.

Bulgaria's Deputy Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism Mariy Kosev's resignation was announced just minutes after the news about the resignation of Transport Minister Alexander Tsvetkov broke.

Kosev will be replaced by Delyan Dobrev, member of parliament from the ruling GERB party, who has so far served as deputy chair of the energy committee. (Source: Sofia News Agency)

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