Constitutional Court Leaves Delyan Peevski in Parliament

Constitutional Court Leaves Delyan Peevski in Parliament

Bulgaria's Constitutional Court decided on Tuesday not to terminate the MP credentials of controversial media mogul Delyan Peevski, whom Parliament appointed as head of the national security agency in June but two days later revoked its decision.
The Constitutional Court case was instituted on a petition by MPs of the opposition centre-right GERB party, claiming that Peevski's MP credentials must be terminated because, under the Constitution, he cannot perform any other civil service while serving as an MP.
One member of the Court signed the judgment with a dissenting opinion, five opposed Peevski’s reinstatement and six backed it, Capital daily reported.
The appointment of Peevski, MP of the ethnic Turks’ Movement for Rights and Freedoms, as head of the national security agency in June, triggered mass street protests, which continued for months, even after parliament withdrew the appointment. The protesters accused the incumbents of bowing to oligarchic interests and demanded the resignation of the Socialist-led cabinet.
Peevski's reinstatement brought out hundreds of protesters outside the government building in downtown Sofia on Tuesday evening.

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