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The fall of Borisov is the top international news in the Greek media

20 February 2013 / 22:02:34  GRReporter
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The resignation of the Bulgarian government is one of the headlines in the Greek media. "After civil protests against the policy of budget cuts and high electricity prices across Bulgaria, the government has resigned as announced by Prime Minister Boyko Borisov. Protesters, in turn, say that they will not stop organizing the protests," reports Ethnos newspaper.

The author of the article refers in detail to the statements of the former Bulgarian Prime Minister according to which he could not remain at the head of an office during the term of which the police were beating the citizens. "Boyko Borisov said that the reason for his resignation was the risk that the civil protests might grow into bloody ones," reads the publication, adding that GERB will not participate in a caretaker government.

The newspaper points out that the main reason for the resignation of the government is the civil protests, but it cites Bulgarian media according to which many of the participants declared their support in favour of the fall of the government.

The article also presents the positions of the leaders of the opposition parties in parliament. The edition cites the head of Democrats for a Strong Bulgaria Ivan Kostov, "The resignation of the Prime Minister is the defection of the ruling GERB party from its responsibilities." 

"Mr. Borisov chose the only possible way out of the situation," said the leader of the Bulgaria for Citizens Movement, Meglena Kuneva, as reported by Ethnos, adding that the Union of Democratic Forces insists on early elections.

Greek media made extensive coverage of the civil protests and especially of last night's clashes between the participants and the police during which 14 people were injured.

Naftemporiki newspaper explains that the next step is a parliamentary vote on the resignation of the government. The edition states that about 500 supporters of the GERB party gathered outside the parliament to oppose the decision to resign.

"Socialist leader Sergey Stanishev determined the resignation of the government as a panic move but according to the chairman of the Movement for Rights and Freedom Lyutvi Mestan, it is the natural end of a failed government mandate," reports Naftemporiki.

To Vima newspaper describes Boyko Borisov’s decision on the resignation of the government of GERB as a surprise, "despite the tense atmosphere in Sofia. Today, the Prime Minister was expected to reshuffle the cabinet. This was not evident from his actions in recent days," comments the edition, adding that the resignation of Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Simeon Djankov marked the beginning of the process.

The developments in Bulgaria provoked dozens of comments on the social media too. They varied according to the ideological orientation of the commentators. Many leftists expressed their satisfaction that "at least the Prime Minister of Bulgaria declared himself against police violence". Here are some of the typical comments on Twitter:

- "Poor Borisov. Police violence here not only does not overthrow the government but it has even convinced the people that there is no state without violence".

- "There is no longer any danger of becoming like Bulgaria. The government has promised not to resign regardless of the police violence exercised".

Others commented on this finding jokingly, informing them, "In the past, Borisov was occupied in the security business".

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