Feature 26 Dec 16

Disputes Became Gift for Satirists in Bulgaria in 2016

Outgoing Prime Minister Boyko Borissov did not betray his image as ‘man of the people’ in 2016, ensuring that many of his catchphrases would remain in Bulgaria’s political jargon long after his reign. 

Mariya Cheresheva
BIRN
Sofia
Bulgarian prime minister Boyko Borissov at the inauguration of an a basilica in the ancient town of Pliska. Photo: Bulgarian GovernmentPress Service

2016 was not an easy year for Bulgarian politicians, who were challenged by deepening troubles on the international scene and internally. Events like the global migrant crisis, the increase in terrorist threats, as well as Bulgaria’s candidacy for the UN top post and the presidential elections sparked fierce debates among the political elite as well as drawing mockery from the public.

Prime Minister falls for astrology

Just like ever other year since he entered the political scene over a decade ago, Bulgaria’s outgoing prime minister, Boyko Borissov, was in the spotlight with his laidback language.

But what appeared new was a growing interest in astrology and spirituality, to which he often referred while trying to explain his political decisions.

“If I have to be a fortune-teller or an oracle, then the horoscope of the world is bad,” he said commenting on the geopolitical situation following the failed military coup in Turkey in July.

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