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Dnevnik - Bulgaria | Monday, April 14, 2008

Bulgarian Interior Minister resigns

On Sunday March 13, Bulgaria's Interior Minister Rumen Petkov resigned. He came under attack after meeting up with entrepreneurs of dubious repute and was also accused of failing in the battle against organised crime. Last week an entrepreneur and an author of books about the Mafia were shot dead. The daily comments: "Four weeks after the scandal broke out, one of the country's most powerful politicians, Interior Minister Rumen Petkov, has resigned. He even admitted to making mistakes in his personal policies - which was very out of character for him. This is the end of the Petkov affair. What remains to be seen is whether it will lead to a change in the status quo in Bulgaria. The close ties between state and criminality are alarming. Politicians don't want to admit it, so now it's up to the journalists to pull the emergency brakes."

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