Mariya Ivancheva

First steps in Bulgaria

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In the last week of February, after days of protests across the country, the Bulgarian government headed by Boyko Borisov resigned. Mariya Ivancheva looks at what happened and what comes next.

Over the past two months Bulgaria has been shaken by protests. Since the beginning of February, Bulgarians in most big cities have been out in the streets, protesting against increases in electricity and heating bills. After a few nights of clashes between police and protesters, the government of Boyko Borisov and his party, GERB, resigned. A week of perfunctory negotiations followed. After offering the mandate to all parties in parliament who had already declined it, president Rossen Plevneliev dissolved the parliament and appointed an interim government.

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