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PM met with coalition partners at the Council of Ministers

PM met with coalition partners at the Council of Ministers

20 November 2018 | 15:41 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Prime Minister Boyko Borissov held a meeting with the coalition partners from United Patriots at the Council of Ministers, Focus News Agency has reported.
A meeting between the United Patriots co-chairmen, Krasimir Karakachanov, Volen Siderov and Valeri Simeonov, is also expected today, again at the Council of Ministers. Later the partners in the small coalition are expected to hold a briefing.
The United Patriots are expected to decide whether to nominate a deputy prime minister in the place of Valeri Simeonov, who resigned after mothers of children with disabilities protested 26 days over his remarks.
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Kancho Stoychev, sociologist: We are witnessing not protests but a rebellion against those who can only rule, not govern

Kancho Stoychev, sociologist: We are witnessing not protests but a rebellion against those who can only rule, not govern

19 November 2018 | 10:19 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. We are witnessing not protests but a rebellion against those incapable of governing who are only able to rule, sociologist Kancho Stoychev said in Focus Radio’s morning broadcast. He said the protests had raised perfectly clear and compact demands, aimed not at a government change but at solving a specific problem. What we see after the protests by mothers of disabled children, however, are riots with typical spontaneity, insufficient organisation and unspecified demands, eager to overthrow those in power, the sociologist said. According to him, the likelihood of snap elections increases every day as the government is losing legitimacy, after 10 years of arrogance, incompatibility between government’s and people’s agenda, standstill and no reforms, he said. “There are also problems with the way power is exercised. Government means service in the people’s interest, but for the last ten years we have seen nothing like this in our country. It has been replaced by domination, which is radically different from government, limited to the techniques of taking and retaining power. Those possessing it have a phenomenal ability to rule but not to govern. That is the reason for the riots,” said Kancho Stoychev. In democracy elections are the most normal outcome in such a situation, he added.
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Antony Galabov, political scientist: The protests in the country are unclear and unarticulated

Antony Galabov, political scientist: The protests in the country are unclear and unarticulated

16 November 2018 | 11:22 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The current protests in the country are unclear and unarticulated, political scientist Assoc. Prof. Antony Galabov told Focus Radio. He said the protests against high fuel prices were not exactly citizens’ protests because citizens usually started protests after exhausting all other possibilities to influence a particular policy, taking part in discussions on legislation, but their voices were not heard. This is not the present case and that is why the protests are unclear, according to Galabov. He said the government should formulate clear goals instead of getting involved in an informal conversation with the protesters. The reason for the current situation is the government’s delay in setting new goals and tasks after Bulgaria’s EU presidency, he added.
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Antoaneta Hristova, political analyst: The plot behind the protests is obvious, the question is how many authentic protesters it will attract

Antoaneta Hristova, political analyst: The plot behind the protests is obvious, the question is how many authentic protesters it will attract

15 November 2018 | 11:28 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The plot behind the protests is obvious, the question is how many authentic protesters it will attract, political analyst Prof. Antoaneta Hristova told Focus Radio this morning, noting that the number of protesters in the streets was not growing. She said the authentic protesters were not a critical mass of people and most did not support any political party. She sees no clear leader who could take on the energy of the protests. At the same time, she said that inequality had been growing and the government should have implemented very serious reforms in the social sphere and support for the socially disadvantaged. She said the purpose of the protests was the change of government, which would lead to destabilisation and uncertainty. According to her, the government still has potential and strength to deal with the situation.
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PM: Valeri Simeonov’s resignation not on the government’s agenda, the cabinet is underpinned on all coalition partners

PM: Valeri Simeonov’s resignation not on the government’s agenda, the cabinet is underpinned on all coalition partners

15 November 2018 | 10:03 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. A resignation of Deputy Prime Minister Valeri Simeonov is not being discussed within the government, the cabinet is underpinned on all coalition partners, said Prime Minister Boyko Borissov in BTV’s morning broadcast. Regarding the protests by mothers of children with disabilities, the prime minister said he was sorry for the insulting statement by Simeonov. “Valeri Simeonov’s resignation is on the agenda of the Patriotic Front, he very clearly said it – if Karakachanov and Volen Siderov ask him together. I have a coalition agreement with the United Patriots, and each of the parties there has one with the others that holds them together,” Borissov said. He further said he would have insisted that Simeonov resign were he not the NFSB leader.
Asked if he would resign amid the continuing protests, he said fuel prices did not depend on the government but on the market. “They are falling right now not because of the protests but because the oil price is falling,” he said.
He declined to comment on the media environment in Bulgaria.
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Poll: 81% believe that Deputy Prime Minister Valeri Simeonov should resign over his obnoxious remarks towards protesting mothers of children with disabilities

Poll: 81% believe that Deputy Prime Minister Valeri Simeonov should resign over his obnoxious remarks towards protesting mothers of children with disabilities

5 November 2018 | 14:49 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. A majority of 81% respondents believe that Valeri Simeonov has to resign after his obnoxious remarks towards protesting mothers of children with disabilities, while 15% hold the opposite view, and the rest cannot decide. As regards the government, a majority of 56% are against its resigning, while 34% support it. Some 64% believe that Prime Minister Boyko Borissov is also responsible for the situation, while 31% take the opposite position. These are the results of a survey held by Bulgarian polling agency Gallup International (not related to Gallup Inc.) between 27 October and 2 November among 800 people across the country.
Simeonov’s stepping down from office is supported by all demographic groups. In terms of political parties, nearly 60% of the supporters of the United Patriots oppose his resignation, while the opposite is true for GERB’s supporters – over 50% say he should resign.
The opinions on a resignation of the government, however, are not so clear-cut. Most public groups are against it, with the exception of the opposition socialist party supporters. However, most people seem to expect Simeonov's dismissal and cannot accept inactivity on the part of the prime minister, holding him responsible as the head of the government.
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Deputy PM Simeonov replaced as chair of national council on ethnic issues

Deputy PM Simeonov replaced as chair of national council on ethnic issues

25 October 2018 | 15:26 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. By a decision of the government, Deputy Prime Minister Valeri Simeonov has been replaced as chairman of the National Council for Cooperation on Ethnic and Integration Issues to the Council of Ministers, the government press office said. Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Donchev will chair the council.
The body assists the government in its policy on ethnic and integration issues, promotes cooperation and conducts public consultations between state institutions and non-government organisations in the field of ethnic minorities, inter-ethnic relations and human rights protection. The council also monitors the national strategy for Roma integration.
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Ataka MP says small coalition leaders met yesterday

Ataka MP says small coalition leaders met yesterday

25 October 2018 | 13:10 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. There was a meeting between the leaders of the small coalition yesterday afternoon, Parliament Deputy Speaker from Ataka Yavor Notev told reporters, adding that so far he knows nothing about the results of it, Focus News Agency reports.
Regarding a text in the bill on people with disabilities, which stipulates that the National Council for Integration will be led by the sectorial Deputy Prime Minister, currently Valeri Simeonov, Yavor Notev commented: “The matter is debatable, let’s wait for the decision.” Asked if Valeri Simeonov was well suited to chair the council, he said this will not be the right decision in the current situation, given the public sentiment.
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Deputy PM Simeonov apologises for offensive remarks

Deputy PM Simeonov apologises for offensive remarks

24 October 2018 | 10:01 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. After the coalition meeting, Deputy Prime Minister Valeri Simeonov apologised for his remarks about the mothers of children with disabilities, Focus News Agency reports. “At the coalition meeting with the prime minister, we discussed the issue related to the media campaign on my statement and the daily protests in front of the Council of Ministers. At the insistence of the coalition council, I apologise to anyone who has felt upset or offended by my statement in an interview with Skat TV,” he said.
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GERB and UP will hold coalition meeting at Council of Ministers

GERB and UP will hold coalition meeting at Council of Ministers

24 October 2018 | 09:30 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. A coalition meeting between GERB and United Patriots is expected at the Council of Ministers today. The coalition partners will discuss the situation amid the demand by the mothers of children with disabilities for resignation of Deputy Prime Minister Valeri Simeonov and tensions within the coalition.
A United Patriots meeting was held on Tuesday, not attended by Ataka leader Volen Siderov. After the meeting, it became clear that Deputy Prime Minister Simeonov would not resign despite public discontent.
According to Deputy Prime Minister Krasimir Karakachanov, a resignation at the moment would mean overthrowing the government and returning MRF and BSP to power, which he said was not a solution.
The reason for the mothers’ anger are Simeonov’s remarks that they were a bunch of loudmouths and their children – allegedly ill. His words caused protests across the country with a demand for his resignation.
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Deputy PM Simeonov calls mothers’ protest a hotchpotch

Deputy PM Simeonov calls mothers’ protest a hotchpotch

23 October 2018 | 15:29 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Last night’s protest by the mothers of children with disabilities was a hotchpotch, Deputy Prime Minister Valeri Simeonov told reporters in the Council of Ministers, Focus News Agency reports. At a special briefing, he did not retract his previous remarks about the mothers despite protests and calls for his resignation. “I cannot accept moral judgments from all sides – from down, from above, from left to right. I have my own opinion, I have expressed it. I still have it,” he said.
Regarding Ataka leader Volen Siderov’s call on Simeonov to step down, he said he could not withdraw unless the United Patriots coalition takes a decision on the matter.
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Sofia: Mothers of disabled children again protesting in front of government headquarters with demand for Deputy PM Simeonov to resign

Sofia: Mothers of disabled children again protesting in front of government headquarters with demand for Deputy PM Simeonov to resign

23 October 2018 | 12:27 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Mothers of children with disabilities are again protesting in front of the Council of Ministers building, demanding that Deputy Prime Minister Valeri Simeonov resign, a Focus News Agency reporter said. Since yesterday, they have been protesting, demanding that Simeonov step down over his statement in connection with the law on people with disabilities in which he called the mothers a bunch of loudmouths with allegedly ill children.
Dondukov Boulevard has been blocked. The mothers said they will protest until Simeonov resigns.
After a meeting with employers’ organisations on Monday, he said he will step down only if he is asked by Boyko Borissov, Krasimir Karakachanov and Volen Siderov who represent the political council of the GERB-United Patriots coalition.
A meeting of United Patriots is expected today.
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President Radev: Unrestrained power generates cynicism

President Radev: Unrestrained power generates cynicism

23 October 2018 | 10:54 | FOCUS News Agency
Plovdiv. Unrestrained power generates cynicism, President Rumen Radev commented to reporters in Plovdiv in connection with Deputy Prime Minister Valeri Simeonov’s remarks on the mothers of children with disabilities, Focus Radio has reported. With cynicism, Bulgaria cannot have effective government and cannot address people’s problems, the head of state said. “Now all the energy will focus on Valeri Simeonov’s personality, but this will not solve the problem with the lack of control and cynicism,” he added.
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Volen Siderov, Ataka, urges Deputy PM Valeri Simeonov to resign

Volen Siderov, Ataka, urges Deputy PM Valeri Simeonov to resign

22 October 2018 | 15:44 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. In an open letter to his coalition partners, Ataka leader Volen Siderov urged a coalition meeting by the end of today to discuss an immediate resignation of Valeri Simeonov as Deputy Prime Minister, the party said. “In the 21st century, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov’s absence from the country does not impede a conference call with him and his participation in the coalition meeting, albeit from a distance,” the Ataka leader wrote in the letter.
The party said it will insist on nominating another representative of the United Patriots for deputy prime minister in the place of Simeonov.
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Mothers of disabled children go on protest with demand for Deputy PM Simeonov to resign

Mothers of disabled children go on protest with demand for Deputy PM Simeonov to resign

22 October 2018 | 10:31 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Mothers of children with disabilities will go on protest with a demand for the resignation of Deputy Prime Minister Valeri Simeonov. The protest is organised in Facebook by the mothers’ organisation The System Kills Us, under the slogan: Resignation of Deputy Prime Minister Valeri Simeonov! The protest will begin at 12.30 in front of the Council of Ministers. In Facebook, the mothers say they demand his resignation over inadequate behaviour, systematic insults to members of society and hate speech. Their demand comes after Simeonov called the mothers a bunch of loudmouths with allegedly ill children.
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PM apologises for deputy PM’s remarks on mothers of disabled children

PM apologises for deputy PM’s remarks on mothers of disabled children

19 October 2018 | 14:21 | FOCUS News Agency
Brussels. Prime Minister Boyko Borissov apologised for Deputy Prime Minister Valeri Simeonov’s remarks that the protesting mothers of children with disabilities were a bunch of loudmouths with allegedly ill children, Focus News Agency reports. “That language is unacceptable and I dissociate myself from that. It is high time for everyone to watch one’s mouth,” the prime minister said, speaking to reporters in Brussels. He further said that Simeonov should explain what he meant. Asked if his deputy should resign upon failing to provide a convincing explanation, Borissov said: “I have a contract with United Patriots. I will not comment on BSP’s demand for [his] resignation.”
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NFSB MPs withdraw support from Volen Siderov as UP group chair

NFSB MPs withdraw support from Volen Siderov as UP group chair

17 October 2018 | 10:00 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The NFSB MPs have withdrawn their support from Volen Siderov as chair of United Patriots’ group in Parliament, they said in a statement to the media. They accuse Siderov of not complying with a United Patriots decision from September 11, 2018, in which the three parties within the United Patriots coalition declared support for their representatives in the government. The NFSB MPs said they should not be associated with Volen Siderov’s public statements and behaviour in the country and abroad, including Russia.
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