Inquiry Committee To Investigate Ex Vice President’s Pardons, Nationality Decisions

Inquiry Committee To Investigate Ex Vice President’s Pardons, Nationality Decisions

Parliament set up on Wednesday an ad hoc committee of inquiry into the pardons, public debt write-off deals and Bulgarian nationality status decisions made by former Vice President Angel Marin during his two consecutive five-year terms in office.

The proposal was approved with 105 MPs voting in favour, 46 against and one abstained, state-run Bulgarian News Agency (BTA) said on Wednesday.

Doubts about the legitimacy of Marin's decision arose several weeks ago when it emerged that former president Georgi Purvanov had not issued a decree granting the vice president power to bestow pardons and Bulgarian nationality to foreign citizens after the end of their first term in office.

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