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Bulgarian government resigns during massive protests

Posted By AIM Newswire On February 22, 2013 @ 9:00 am In AIM Newswire | 1 Comment

SOFIA — Glad to be an American?¬†At least you’re not in Bulgaria, where the leader of the government resigned. Now the question remains is who will take charge?

People challenge the riot police as they block traffic during a protest against high electricity bills in Sofia [1]Prime Minister Boiko Borisov, a former bodyguard to Bulgaria’s former communist leader Todor Zhikhov, has resigned from his post during protests. The protestors are upset at rising power bills and the inability of the Bulgarian government to resolve their basic power needs and current woes.

The protests have been ongoing for the past 11 days, and have sparked violent clashes between people and the police. Chants of “Mafia” and “Resign” echoed in several protests as the Bulgarian people voiced their discontent.

Borisov had tried to blame the foreign power companies for the current spike in power bills, but it did not overcome the general perception that him and his elitist friends benefitted from the spike in power prices.

 

Unemployment is rampant at 11.9% and has led to a massive exodus of Bulgarians to other countries to look for work. The average salary for Bulgarians hovers at about $550 per month.


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