Bulgaria: Sweeping changes in the state mechanism

Bulgaria: Sweeping changes in the state mechanism

The caretaker government of Bulgaria is making sweeping changes to the state mechanism to ensure fairer elections, according to the government spokesman.

Bulgaria’s caretaker cabinet has dismissed all district governors, in order to ensure fair early elections and curb vote buying, announced the government’s spokesperson Anton Kutev.

The cabinet has already appointed new governors in most Bulgarian districts. It has not yet appointed district governors in four districts where the current deputy district governors will be temporarily in charge.

Changes in national security services as well?

Dimitar Georgiev, head of the State Agency for National Security and Atanas Atanasov, head of the State Intelligence Agency have terminated their leave of absence, BGNES reports. As the caretaker cabinet was appointed the two took unpaid leave until September. Last week Dimitar Georgiev and Atanas Atanasov were invited to a meeting with caretaker PM Stefan Yanev but did not respond. Today they showed up at the Council of Ministers building with the idea of meeting with him.

“The meeting did not take place due of the busy schedule of the cabinet meeting,” government spokesperson Anton Kutev said. The two officials reportedly took unpaid leave to avoid dismissal.

Radev: Logical steps

President Rumen Radev described the reshuffles of key administrative posts as “logical steps”.

“When I was appointing the caretaker government I gave my brief instructions: honesty, transparency but also zero tolerance of corruption, crime and vote buying,” he stated. Rumen Radev added that by law, the head of parliament, the prime minister and the president ought to be provided the same information but that in many cases this was not done. “Obviously the example set by the former prime minister of hiding behind leave of absence and sick leave turned out to be contagious for his subordinates as well,” he commented, referring to the heads of the security services who took long leaves of absence. According to the Bulgarian President their abdication from responsibility to national security is a sign of their loyalty to Boyko Borissov, not to Bulgaria. “Consolidating statehood and the rule of law is what we need right now,” Rumen Radev said./ibna