Bulgaria: Despite the Cabinet’s request, the President will not remove the head of the National Security Service

Bulgarian President Rumen Radev will not remove the head of the National Security Service (NSS), General Emil Tonev.

"The prosecution's request for video footage from the Council of Ministers' cameras is likely to serve private interests", he said, warning that attempts to subordinate and politicize the services are not in the interests of security.

"The prosecutor's request for the records from the Council of Ministers for such a long period of time obviously serves someone's private interest, but not the search for justice," Radev said.

"As for the proposal of the Council of Ministers to dismiss the head of the NSS - I leave it without consequences. I will not remove him because the proposal does not comply with the law. They have no authority to offer me anything. In general, the demands and motives addressed to me are superficial and untenable."

The head of state described his relations with the prime minister as normal and constructive.

"Normal, constructive, in the spirit of the law. It is right when decisions are made by the state to be based on the law. As the Prime Minister has repeatedly stressed, no one should be above the law. This also applies to the National Security Service, which should to strictly enforce the law and provide the relevant records," the head of state said.

Rumen Radev visited the training and experimental forestry "Petrohan", where he opened the presidential initiative for the revival of the Bulgarian forest.

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