Bulgarian President, Ombudsman expect mightier protest wave in autumn


Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev and National Ombudsman Konstantin Penchev have agreed that there is a real risk of a mightier protest wave in the country in the autumn, after the summer recess of Parliament, if the demands of the demonstrators remain unheard.

The opinions of the two were reported Thursday by the President's press office.

On Thursday, Plevneliev and Penchev discussed the current political situation in Bulgaria and the opportunities for overcoming the crisis.

They suggested that an opportunity for dialogue had to be found, as well as a set of national priority topics on which political agreement was to be achieved.

Plevneliev and Penchev agreed that the ongoing protests in Bulgaria stemmed from a common problem, namely the deficit of justice.

The Ombudsman backed the idea of the President to organize three debates on issues of the market economy, the media environment, and the judicial system, and he accepted the invitation of the head of state to participate in the discussions.

August 1 is the 49th day of anti-government protests in Sofia.

The rallies started in response to the scandalous appointment of media mogul Delyan Peevski as Chair of the State Agency for National Security (DANS).

Although the appointment was cancelled, the step did not appease public discontent and the protesters went on to demand the resignation of the two-week-old socialist-led government over its ties with oligarchs, as well as Election Code amendments aimed at ensuring greater representation of people in the government.

Adapted from novinite.com

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