Sofia, October 6, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of The Sofia Globe
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov has rejected opposition calls for his resignation over the failure of Bulgaria in the race for UN Secretary-General, while openly lashing out at Irina Bokova and those who initially backed her in the race.
Bulgaria’s official candidate Kristalina Georgieva, a late entrant in the UN race after her nomination by the Borissov government on September 26, did poorly in the final Security Council straw poll, which was won by Portugal’s Antonio Guterres, putting him on track to be the next Secretary-General.
Borissov’s government dumped Bokova, whom it had named as its candidate in February, after Bokova turned in a poor performance in the first five straw polls. Bokova, whose candidacy first was floated by the now-departed 2013/14 “Oresharski” administration, declined to leave the race and remained in the final ballot.
The outcome led to calls on October 6 from opposition parties the Bulgarian Socialist Party and Georgi Purvanov’s ABC for Borissov and his government to resign and for Georgieva to be withdrawn from her European Commission post.