Four ministers go in government shakeup in BulgariaEuropost
Four ministers are losing their jobs in a government shakeup announced by Bulgaria's government coalition council on Thursday. The Minister of Finance Vladislav Goranov, of the Economy Emil Karanikolov, of the Interior Mladen Marinov and of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova have been replaced.
Announcing the decision, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said that Health Minister Kiril Ananiev will replace Goranov as Finance Minister and the vacated ministerial office in the Health Ministry will be filled by the director of Sofia's Alexandrovska Hospital, Prof. Kostadin Angelov. The outgoing Interior Minister will be replaced by the present National Police Director, Hristo Terziiski, and Karanikolov will be succeeded as Economy Minister by his deputy minister Luchezar Bisserov. The Tourism Ministry goes to Deputy Prime Minister Mariana Nikolova.
The government shakeup has been anticipated since last week when Prime Minister Boyko Borissov announced, amid large-scale protests against corruption and against the government, that there would be a thorough government overhaul. He said that the Ministers of Finance, of the Interior and of the Economy would be asked to stepped down for perceived close links with the opposition Movement for Rights and Freedoms, which is widely seen as a strong power broker under any government. The name of the Tourism Minister was freshly added Thursday.
Prime Minister Borissov and the co-leaders of the power-sharing United Patriots, Valeri Simeonov and Krassimir Karakachanov, met on Wednesday to discuss possible ministerial replacements. A press release by the government press office said that each would discuss the matter with their group in Parliament and would meet again Thursday to make a decision.