Bulgarian government Confronts no-confidence vote amid protests

The Socialist Party is accusing the government of failing to maintain its claims to get rid of high-income corruption and rather behaving in favor of oligarchs.

The opposition Socialists, riding high on anti-graft protests that attracted thousands of people to the streets of cities around Bulgaria, are expecting to recover energy.

Party leader Kornelia Ninova called on the protesters to encourage the no-confidence movement by building in front of the parliament building during the election, which is very likely to be held after the week.

“Now we introduced the requirements of these folks on the road for no-confidence from the authorities to be voted in parliament,” Ninova explained.

Thousands of largely young Bulgarians took on the roads for the day in a row to protest against the authorities and the nation’s top prosecutor, accusing them of corruption, authoritarian rule, and reliance on criminal classes.

Political analysts anticipate Borissov, whose coalition government has a comfortable majority in the National Assembly, to readily endure the no-confidence vote to probably stay in power until the upcoming regular general election in March 2021.

Even though the protests are largely calm, there were occasional confrontations between police and demonstrators and a few arrests and injuries on either side.

Tensions escalated temporarily on Tuesday night following a bunch of young men tried to break in the parliament building. Police officers stopped the collection.