Geshev is 99% out
The Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) has voted to terminate the mandate of Chief Prosector Ivan Geshev with 16 members of the SCC voting for his removal and four voting against. Geshev was absent at the time of the vote, having elected to go to Strasbourg for a meeting of the European Parliament.
However, the decision does not immediately oust Geshev as chief prosecutor because the final call must be made by president Rumen Radev who has to sign the decree for his removal.
Later on it was announced that his bid to give a briefing in Strasbourg was opposed by the EPP party of which GERB is part. After negotiations Geshev was permitted to speak briefly in front of European MP's.
The long friendship between GERB and Geshev recently ended and now it is widely accepted that GERB's lobby in the SJC voted to oust Geshev.
SAP turns on Borissov over TurkStream
Sofia's appellate prosecutor's office (SAP) has reversed a decision not to investigate a report of legal violations by officials in connection with the construction of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline on Bulgaria's territory. The gas pipeline was built very quickly during the last term of GERB's Boyko Borrisov as prime minister.
Infringements of the Public Procurement Law have been uncovered during the construction of the gas pipeline, which the prosecution calls TurkStream, although its official name is Balkan Stream.
At the end of the mandate of the coalition government with Prime Minister Kiril Petkov, it was announced that serious violations were found during the inspection of Turkish Stream, which had been commissioned two months earlier.
Floods spark mass resignations among governors
Prime Minister Nikolay Denkov will require all regional governors to take urgent measures to prevent further floods. All the governors resigned yesterday but assured that they would continue following their duties until replacements are chosen. Earlier today, Kiril Petkov announced that consultations with GERB for the election of new regional governors are about to begin.
Today, the national meteorology institute issued flood warnings for eight regions, including Berkovitsa (Montana region) and the village of Vrachesh (Sofia region) which were affected by recent torrential rain.