President Calls for Snap Elections
Thursday, 01 January 1970
The only solution to the current political crisis is holding early elections, President Rosen Plevneliev said on Friday after weeks of anti-government protests across the country.
“Trying to scare people off with elections is saying that a state governed by the rule of law is dangerous," Plevneliev said in a televised address to the nation.
The prosecuting magistracy and parliament should come up with a clear stand against ultra nationalist Volen Siderov and strip him of his immunity from prosecution, Plevneliev also said.
A wave of protests has swept Bulgaria since mid-June, when Parliament appointed as national security chief of Delyan Peevski Peevski, a media mogul with power business interests in all spheres of the economy and no experience in the security field. Parliament’s withdrawal of Peevski’s appointment failed to appease the protesters who accuse the incumbents of serving business interests, and demand early elections.
In May’s snap elections four parties - the centre-right GERB of former prime minister Boyko Borisov, the Bulgarian Socialist Party, the MRF, and strongly nationalist Ataka – jumped the 4% threshold for entry in the in the National Assembly, leaving a large part of Bulgarians not represented in parliament.
Protest rallies against the cabinet continued during the weekend, with thousands marching down Tsar Osvoboditel boulevard on Sunday.
Earlier in the day one of the two biggest trade unions in Bulgaria, Podkrepa, urged the president to convene a Grand National Assembly, threatening to call a national strike if the incumbents continue to ignore the protestors demands.