The Bulgarian Constitutional Court's decision to allow the justice minister to request the dismissal of Chief Prosecutor Ivan Geshev came into force on Tuesday - a step forward for the government's aim of removing the man it sees as an obstacle to the reform of the justice system and the implementation of anti-corruption measures.
After nearly two hours at the Supreme Cassation Prosecutor's Office, Prime Minister Kiril Petkov said he had left a list of names and expected the prosecution's focus to be on these cases of corruption and other crimes. However, he refused to give the media the names from this list.
Bulgarian PM will be Summoned for Questioning at the Prosecutor's Office
The Minister of Justice may make a proposal to the Supreme Judicial Council for the early release of the Prosecutor General, as well as to the chairmen of the Supreme Court of Cassation and the Supreme Administrative Court. This was ruled by the Constitutional Court on Tuesday. The decision was taken unanimously - with 10 votes in favor.
With 692 votes in favor and 14 against, the leader of "Yes, Bulgaria" Hristo Ivanov was re-elected today at his post by the party's second conference. He was the only candidate. Novinite.com reminds that "Yes Bulgaria" is part of the coalition "Democratic Bulgaria" which is in the current ruling cabinet.
Prosecutor General Ivan Geshev wants special monitoring of Bulgaria under the new mechanism, which links the rule of law to receiving funds from European funds.
Geshev himself stated this to journalists after his hearing in the European Parliament in Brussels.
He addressed the Monitoring Group in the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs.
"Today we are electing a government that will have the difficult task of bringing Bulgaria out of severe crises. We understand the responsibility and will share it. Today is the end of time for slogans and empty promises," the chairman of the parliamentary group of "There Is Such a People" Victoria Vasileva said.