Analysis 05 Oct 17

Scandals Shake Confidence of Bulgaria’s Ruling Party

Corruption allegations at local level are exposing conflicts within Bulgaria's ruling GERB party – but they are unlikely to threaten its rule for now, as the country held an election only recently, in March.

Mariya Cheresheva
BIRN
Sofia
Delyan Dobrev. Photo: GERB

MPs from the ruling coalition of GERB and the United Patriots have refused to accept the resignation of Delyn Dobrev, an MP accused of conflicts of interest and abuse of power in his hometown of Haskovo, despite the GERB party leader, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, backing his decision to resign.

Opposition politicians and analysts said the MPs' decision to vote against the advice of their leader is another sign of the internal disarray in Borissov’s party.

However, it is seen as unlikely that the disturbances will threaten the party's rule for now, and with no election due for some time.

GERB MP became headline news when it was revealed that he had employed his best man as a deputy mayor in Haskovo, as well as some of his former classmates in key positions in the municipality.

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