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Bulgaria's new Prosecutor General Ivan Geshev takes office

Bulgaria's new Prosecutor General Ivan Geshev takes office

18 December 2019 | 10:52 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Bulgaria's new Prosecutor General Ivan Geshev is taking office today, Focus News Agency reported.

Ivan Geshev will take up the post earlier to finish the term of Sotir Tsatsarov, who was elected chairman of the anti-corruption commission (Commission for Combatting Corruption and Forfeiture of Illegally Acquired Assets – KPKONPI).

Geshev was elected chief prosecutor by the Supreme Judicial Council with 20 votes in favour and 4 votes against. His nomination was revoted as President Rumen Radev refused to sign a decree for the appointment of the sole candidate for the post.

The nomination of the Deputy Chief Prosecutor Geshev as the new top prosecutor sparked a series of protests as well as counter-protests in his support.
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President Rumen Radev signed the decree for the appointment of Ivan Geshev as Prosecutor General

President Rumen Radev signed the decree for the appointment of Ivan Geshev as Prosecutor General

26 November 2019 | 13:21 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Bulgarian President Rumen Radev signed the decree for the appointment of the new Prosecutor General Ivan Geshev, a reporter of Focus News Agency announced.

Earlier today, President Radev held a meeting with Geshev at the Presidency building. In a public address following the meeting, the state leader said that the decision of the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) to confirm the election of Geshev for the office could not disperse the doubts surrounding the fact that there was only one candidate for new Prosecutor General.

The President, however, strongly disagreed with accusations against him that he was violating the Constitution by refusing to appoint Geshev the first time around. Mr Radev reiterated that the rule of law was the most fundamental thing in a democratic state and the top prosecutor in a country was supposed to have society’s trust instead of cast doubts about his appointment.
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President Rumen Radev will make an address related to the SJC’s re-election of Ivan Geshev as new Prosecutor General

President Rumen Radev will make an address related to the SJC’s re-election of Ivan Geshev as new Prosecutor General

26 November 2019 | 11:16 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Bulgarian President Rumen Radev will make an address related to the Supreme Judicial Council’s second vote, confirming the election of Ivan Geshev as the new Prosecutor General. The address will be at 12.05 h today at 2 Dondukov Boulevard, the President’s press office announced.

Ahead of his speech – at 11.15 h, President Radev will hold a meeting at the Presidency building with Ivan Geshev – the elected Prosecutor General, whose appointment was previously vetoed by the President with the motive that he was the only candidate for the position. Focus News Agency recalls that President Radev’s refusal to appoint Mr Geshev came among a wave of protests against the nomination.
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Ivan Geshev re-elected chief prosecutor after nearly 5-hour session of Supreme Judicial Council

Ivan Geshev re-elected chief prosecutor after nearly 5-hour session of Supreme Judicial Council

14 November 2019 | 15:45 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. With 20 votes in favour and 4 against, the Plenum of the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) re-elected Ivan Geshev as Prosecutor General of the Republic of Bulgaria, after President Rumen Radev rejected his candidacy on 7 November, Focus News Agency reported.
Initially, a member of the SJC Judges’College, Atanaska Disheva, proposed that the procedure be terminated but by 20 to 4 votes the magistrates decided to continue the current election procedure. Thus, Ivan Stoimenov Geshev remained the only candidate for the post and his candidacy was re-voted.
According to the constitution, the president can reject a candidacy only once. If the Supreme Judicial Council re-elects the candidate with more than 17 votes, the head of state is obliged to sign the decree for his appointment.
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Nomination for Bulgaria’s chief prosecutor to be revoted on 14 November after presidential veto

Nomination for Bulgaria’s chief prosecutor to be revoted on 14 November after presidential veto

11 November 2019 | 12:36 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The plenum of Bulgaria’s Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) will hold a meeting on 14 November to vote again on the appointment of Ivan Geshev as chief prosecutor after President Rumen Radev refused to approve the decision and returned it to the SJC, said the SJC’ press centre. The meeting, which will start at 10:00 am in the building of the council, will discuss the presidential Decree No. 253/07.11.2019 and will revote the nomination for the post of Prosecutor General of the Republic of Bulgaria.
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Hearing of Ivan Geshev for post of chief prosecutor continues

Hearing of Ivan Geshev for post of chief prosecutor continues

24 October 2019 | 12:51 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The hearing of Ivan Geshev for the post of prosecutor general has been going on for almost an hour, a Focus News Agency reporter said. The Plenary Session of the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) began at 10:00 am. The plenary was presented with reports of the Attestation and Competition Committee of the SJC Prosecutorial Chamber and the SJC Professional Ethics Committee, as well as with the reasons for Geshev's nomination by the Prosecutorial Chamber. The hearing of Geshev began shortly after 10:30 am. In the course of his presentation, the candidate presented his concept of governance of the office. He then answered questions from non-governmental organisations and civic associations.
The procedure for election of prosecutor general was opened on 15 July 2019. Ivan Geshev was proposed by the members of the SJC Prosecutorial Chamber. No other proposals for the post have been made. Under the Judiciary Act, no less than three members of the relevant chamber of the Supreme Judicial Council and the minister of justice could make such proposals.
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