On Wednesday evening, agricultural mogul Svetoslav Ilchovsky told the parliamentary committee tasked with revision of Boyko Borissov's government a gruesome tale of corruption, extortion, and abuse. Among Ilchovsky's claims are that sectors of the economy are ruled by businessmen close to Borissov, ministers are just puppets, and that he was forced to sell his grain at half-price to those close to GERB.
In a hastily organized press conference on Thursday morning - a national holiday - Borissov denied ever meeting or knowing Ilchovsky, although this would seem very unlikely given that he's the largest land-owner in the country.
Expect more details on our website in the coming days.
Will Slavi Trifonov run again?
"In the upcoming campaign, the lists are to be rearranged, and these things are yet to be discussed," said Ivaylo Valchev, an MP from Slavi Trifonov's There is such a people, in response to a question from Dnevnik about Trifonov's possible candidature for MP in the next National Assembly. "Any of us may fail to appear on the next series of lists; this is yet to be discussed," Valchev added.
Covid hospitalizations decrease but half of beds still occupied
The Minister of Health in resignation Prof. Kostadin Angelov reported a decline in hospitalized Covid-19 patients. According to recent data, half of all beds reserved for Covid patients are occupied: 47% of places for patients with uncomplicated coronavirus and 51% of the places for those in intensive care units. By comparison, the data cited last week showed 53% and 58% occupation, respectively.
Construction is on the rise
Preliminary data from the National Statistical Institute reveals there were 925 newly built residential buildings completed in the first quarter of 2021, (or 113 more than the previous year), and the newly built dwellings (apartments) in them number 4011 - an increase of 208 on an annualized basis. Activity was highest in Sofia where 148 new residential buildings with 1421 dwellings were started, followed by Plovdiv with 131 buildings (433 dwellings) and Varna with 118 buildings (764 dwellings).