Friday continued with updates on the news from the beginning of the week. A day after Varna's Mayor Ivan Portnih was accused of polluting Varna Lake, he denied in an official briefing any culpability or responsibility. He also added that he had not been questioned about the case.
BNB left without a new governor
TISP's nominee Lubomir Karimanski has no chance to be the next governor of the Bulgarian National Bank, the Parliament vote today showed. Only his own party and the MRF supported Karimanski, and their votes were insufficient. Former ruling party GERB decided to abstain and WCC, BSP, and DB opposed the proposal.
After today's vote and the withdrawal of the WCC candidate - Andrei Gyurov last week, a new election can be possible only after a new procedure. Current BNB Governor Dimitar Radev will continue to be in position, even though his term expired last summer.
BSP seeks return of paper ballots
After the hot topic of electing a new BNB governor has passed, the coalition now faces a new confrontation - the Bulgarian Socialist Party has demanded the return of paper ballots. However, the other coalition parties (We continue the change", "There is such a people" and "Democratic Bulgaria") disagree. Hence the decision will depend on the opposition - GERB, MRF, and "Vazrazhdane".
Geshev deems closure of specialized prosecution unconstitutional
A day after parliament disbanded the specialized magistrature (both prosecution and court), Chief Prosecutor Ivan Geshev announced that he would challenge the ruling before the Constitutional Court. He claimed that the amendments were unconstitutional. Similar arguments were given by deputies from GERB during the debate in the plenary hall yesterday.