Road construction workers protested today in front of the Presidency to demand payment for road works already done. The budget of the state road agency has been depleted by the last government and the protest is largely seen as a politically motivated pro-GERB stunt. President Radev will meet them tomorrow. He, however, had other things to do this week.
The President will disband Parliament on Thursday
This means deputies get one additional day of work - Wednesday. Rumen Radev will announce the new caretaker government simultaneously once Parliament is dissolved on 16 September. Rumours abound about who is in and out of the government: some of the ministers will keep positions, but some are gone. It is widely expected that two of the most successful members - economy minister Kiril Petkov and finance minister Asen Vassilev, will quit and form a new party before the next election. Votes for President and Parliament will be on the same date - 14 November.
COVID savages Bulgarian regions
The new Eurostat book is out and the news is bleak. It has already been noted here that excess mortality in Bulgaria in the last months of 2020 was a European and world record. Yet now the suffering wrought by the last pandemic wave is clearly laid out. While at the beginning of 2020 no Bulgarian region ranked in the top 5 of EU in mortality rate per 100 thousand people, by the year's end, all 5 top places were occupied by Bulgarian regions. The leading one - Severozapaden, recorded a devastating 702 dead per 100 thousand.
3 possible Bulgarian fatalities in Côte d'Ivoire helicopter crash
Bulgarian foreign ministry still hasn't confirmed the information received from the African country's military about the possible loss of Bulgarian lives in a helicopter crash on 10 September. The crashed chopper was a military one and those on board were on some kind of mission.