Socialist move for power shift over anti-organised crime squad takes first step in Parliament

Socialist move for power shift over anti-organised crime squad takes first step in Parliament

 

Two days after Bulgaria’s socialist party-appointed government came to power, the National Assembly approved the first reading of legislation moving the Chief Directorate for Combating Organised Crime into the State Agency for National Security.

The Bulgarian Socialist Party and the Movement for Rights and Freedoms portray the move as a reform for the sake of efficiency and preventing abuse of power, but former ruling party GERB criticise it as – among other things – part of a strategy to isolate President Rossen Plevneliev.

The first reading of the amendments was approved by 114 votes to 83, reflecting the respective proportions of votes held by the BSP-MRF on the one side and GERB on the other.