A series of large-scale protests will break out in the Bulgarian capital Sofia this week, with Prime Minister Kiril Petkov’s government threatened with a parliamentary vote of no confidence.
After the impromptu protest in front of Parliament on June 16 after opposition parties banded together to vote Nikola Minchev out of office as Speaker of the National Assembly, protests in support of the Petkov government will take place in National on June 20, 21 and 22 from 6.30pm meeting place.
The debate on the no-confidence vote is scheduled to take place in Parliament on June 21, with the vote taking place no earlier than 24 hours after the end of the debate.
organizer of pro-government protests said Bulgaria is in a crisis – politically, economically and even in an identity crisis.
A fight is being waged with the mafia, scandals in power are the order of the day and, last but not least, a crazy war is raging in Europe.
“Bulgaria is at a crossroads today and it depends on us which path we will take,” the organizers said.
“We will choose democracy or authoritarianism, freedom or obedience, courage or fear. We want to live under the rule of law. We want the fight against corruption to continue. We want transparency, political and economic independence.
“We want a decent future as part of Europe,” they said, explaining that they didn’t want snap elections and didn’t want GERB and the Movement for Rights and Freedoms in power.
The Justice for All initiative continues a protest on June 20 at 6 p.m in front of the presidential building in the center of Sofia, under the motto “March for European Bulgaria – in defense of parliamentarism and democracy”.
“A crucial week is ahead for the future of Bulgaria, for law, democracy and parliamentarism,” Justice for All said on Facebook.
“Several important issues will be covered this week. Not just whether change will continue, but whether there will be a decisive fight against corruption and the oligarchy that wants to regain control of the state, whether judicial reform will continue and whether there will be rule of law, whether we will have our real perspective in Europe,” according to the organization.
It was said that if the legislature were dissolved for elections, there would be no parliament to elect new members of the Supreme Judicial Council to decide the fate of Prosecutor General Ivan Geshev, and judicial reform in Bulgaria would stall.
Elsewhere on the political spectrum, Kostadin Kostadinov, leader of the smallest party in parliament, the pro-Kremlin Vuzrazhdane, called on his supporters on Facebook to protest outside parliament at 5pm on June 21.
Kostadinov, whose party supports the no-confidence motion tabled by GERB, said: “It is time the agony of this government and this parliament came to an end.
“On Tuesday at 5 p.m. I call on all Bulgarians to come before the National Assembly with us to make it clear that Bulgaria belongs to us, the Bulgarians, and not to foreign agents and national traitors,” Kostadinov said.
Radostin Vassilev, the sports minister who left Slavi Trifonov’s ITN party after Trifonov announced ITN would leave the governing coalition, claimed that at 5pm on June 22 the party’s parliamentary leader Toshko Yordanov launched an illegal Protest outside the Ministry planned to call for those MPs who had left ITN to resign from Parliament.
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