“He has been attacking the state 24 hours a day for 4 years. I have made decisions, not like Radev. Today he violates the constitution. I did not do it. The head of state has no right to demand resignations, to demand the resignation of the parliament, the attorney general or the prime minister”, former Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev told Nova TV in 2012-17.
“This is enshrined in the Constitution. What Radev is doing is the most direct path to dictatorship. Radev does not respect the constitution today and this must be known to the people”, Plevneliev added.
“Yes, there is a problem with the way the prosecution acts, there is selectivity there, but he acts at high speeds. Yes, it is not perfect, but national unity is required”, Plevneliev added.
“The Bulgarian oligarchs are being hit hard today, but not the others, and in this respect selectivity is created in the actions; we can not just point to the Attorney General, because we cannot sit in the National Assembly and do this reform, on the other hand the government is cooperating with the Venice Commission”, Plevneliev said.
“It is not right to hold early elections, which will strengthen the populist positions in the country. If the struggle succeeds, not to make compromises, but to talk about policies and decisions, as the Greeks are doing today, we will go a long way. The good solution is a clash of ideas and a rejection of populism”.
According to Plevneliev, one cannot say that Bulgaria has no problems, but there is a problem with the fact that the EU resolution is far ahead. “It was an act of Bulgarian opposition to the Bulgarians, a symbolic political document of a political struggle for power, but without principles. This statement went so far as to worry about whether national treason would be committed”, Plevneliev explained.
What the government is doing is in line with the EU and its legislation, but also with ordinary Bulgarian citizens. There were protests in 2013. At that time hundreds of thousands of Bulgarians were on the streets, then I invited them all to the presidential institution, we found the solution together – energy diversification, we set new priorities in the energy sector of Bulgaria. “Today we are doing what the protesters wanted in 2013. Today, Bulgarians are choosing their own electricity supplier”, Plevneliev added.
“2008-2009 was very difficult; there were bankrupt banks, money is the blood of the economy and then it disappeared; now our banks have money, I hope it will be easier. Bulgaria will be one of the least affected countries”, Plevneliev said.
Asked why Microsoft is investing USD 1 billion in Greece and not in Bulgaria, Plevneliev said Greece is rapidly modernizing and has a progressive government. Microsoft went there because it received a contract from Greece for several billion euros. Greece does not sleep, she invests billions, she creates world-class products. “Greece has made a plan for the ‘Next Generation in the EU’, inviting the Nobel laureate in economics, is currently developing a new program, there is full consensus in Greek society”, Plevneliev explained.
“If Bulgaria decides to invest several billion euros in online services, surely either Google, Amazon or Microsoft will come here”. Plevneliev said. According to him, “we have entered a civil power struggle and turned our backs on long-term priorities”./ibna