Municipal councilors again fail to elect chairman
For the third time, Sofia's municipal councilors have failed to elect a chairman. Although the candidate of WCC-DB Boris Bonev withdrew from today's battle for the post, his actions failed to unite the other groups in the council behind any of the other candidates.
Three people entered the race - Diana Tonova from BSP, Krasimir Galabov from Vazrazhdane and Plamen Danailov from There is such a people. The first two reached a runoff, but no one was able to collect the necessary 31 votes to be elected.
Out of a total of 61 councilors in the runoff, 40 voted, and 25 of them cast an invalid ballot - blank or crossed out. In both rounds of voting today, the GERB-SDS group did not participate at all, as it did in the past two meetings for the election of the chairman.
The next meeting of the Metropolitan Municipal Council, at which a new attempt will be made to elect a chairman, will be on December 7.
Kremlin criticizes authorities for forcing Lavrov's plane to avoid Bulgaria
Last night Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov arrived in Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia, to meet colleagues from OSCE countries, and his plane had to avoid Bulgaria's airspace.
Although the sanctions regime allows the admission of those punished by the EU on business trips, a debate has ensued over whether the skies above the country should have been opened for this trip.
Bulgarian authorities had earlier announced that Lavrov himself could fly over Bulgarian territory. Yet this did not apply to the spokeswoman of Russia's Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova. She wrote in her Telegram channel that the flight through Bulgaria was impossible because Bulgaria's permission did not apply to her personally.
The Kremlin described the decision of the Bulgarian authorities as "inexplicable and stupid" and spokespeople even went as far as to call the local authorities Russophobic.
Cineland among the top cinema chains
On November 18, a cinema from the Cineland chain, which until recently only operated in smaller cities such as Veliko Tarnovo, Pleven and Targovishte, opened its doors in Bulgaria Mall, Sofia.
The investment of the partners Bozhidar Iliev and Yanaki Dermendzhiev amounts to a little over 3 million levs and holds eight halls with a total of 670 seats. By setting foot in the capital, the company is now the fourth biggest local cinema chain, after Cinema City, Arena and Cine Grand.