Bulgaria's President Rosen Plevneliev to Wrap Up 3rd Year in Office

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President Rosen Plevneliev and his deputy Margarita Popova are due to give on Wednesday an account on the third year of their terms.

A press conference is expected at 11:00 EET and will be aired by the Bulgarian National Television.

Plevneliev and Popova were elected in November 2011. Their candidacies were raised by Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, with the President having been a Regional Development Minister and Popova having acted as the Minister of Justice.

During the tenure of Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski, the head of state was often accused of siding against the cabinet and with anti-government protesters who took to the streets to demonstrate over the appointment of lawmaker Delyan Peevski as a national security chief.

The President's critics say that current PM Boyko Borisov's GERB party is leading the Presidency from behind (and also he has connections to certain members of the Reformist Bloc), though Plevneliev himself is enjoying a good reputation abroad.

So far Plevneliev has had to appoint two interim cabinets following two political crisis during his term in office.

On Friday, he is expected to call in the Council of Presidents, which includes the four heads of state Bulgaria has had in its most recent democratic history, who include Zhelyu Zhelev, Petar Stoyanov, and Georgi Parvanov, apart from the incumbent.

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