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Todorov, Antony

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Sega - Bulgaria | 20/11/2013

Bulgarians protest themselves into dead end

For half a year now tens of thousands of Bulgarians have been protesting against the government led by Plamen Orescharski every day - without results, the daily Sega notes, and asks: "What should we conclude from the fact that the protests are having no effect? Will the protesters go a step further? And if so, when? The answer to these questions is important because as soon as the protests become an everyday occurrence they will stop attracting attention and become a banality. Right now we're in a stalemate situation because both sides fail to understand an important factor. The government fails to grasp that it is dependent on an arbitrary and unstable balance of political powers in the parliament and no longer has a true majority; that the people's trust in it has sunk to such a low level that even sensible government initiatives meet with opposition because they are suspected of serving private interests. ... For their part the protesters fail to understand that it's not enough to call for new elections. They must also show what would come after those elections."

Dnevnik - Bulgaria | 12/06/2009

European elections: Bulgarian citizens losing free vote

The European elections in Bulgaria were marred by the buying and manipulation of votes by economic interest groups. A similar scenario is expected in the upcoming parliamentary elections. The daily Dnevnik comments: "Nineteen years after the first multi-party elections we are once again running the risk that citizens lose the free vote. Huge organisational and financial resources are being used to exert increasing influence on controlled elections. The upcoming elections are decisive, not just for the preservation of the status quo but also for the conservation of the party structures that the perestroika [restructuring] of the totalitarian regime created. … Key political players from those times are prepared to go to any lengths to ensure their own survival by pretending we live in a representative democracy, free market economy and constitutional state."

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