PM Borissov: We'll remain in power because crisis is coming

Measures against the pandemic are being torpedoed with generous funding by Bozhkov, said the premier

We'll remain in power because the world is entering its worst financial crisis. This was stated by Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, who posted an extraordinary address to the people on his Facebook page late Saturday night. The reason for his statement was the protest organised by the oligarchy, with the plan to shed blood in the city squares again.

The PM wrote that he could not understand the anger of the organisers of the “dissatisfaction”, as Friday was a “good day” for Bulgaria - the country entered ERM II (the Eurozone's waiting room).
“What did we do to irritate anyone yesterday, except that we put Bulgaria where it belongs. Among the most developed countries in the EU. We have put the finances in order, as well as the banking system. Just as all right-leaning voters have dreamed for generations. And what happened today?”, Borissov asked rhetorically and added that despite the praise that Bulgaria has received from all over the world, two separate protests have erupted in the country - one in support of the head of state and the other in support of the prime minister and the government. Borissov also developed the theory that the events in Rosenets earlier in the day were part of a scenario.
“Suddenly there was this great tension, and then it turned out that they were just drinking water together and hugging and kissing, while until noon it had seemed to me that serious ethnic tension could erupt any moment. Something very well organised in order to grow into a very big rally later. Well paid, obviously well paid, because I know well a few of these agitator groups. And what happened today? Huge success for Hristo Ivanov and Yes, Bulgaria, huge success for Karadayi and MRF. At the end, speaking with one voice, both of them, supposedly 'our' MRF hugged with Yes, Bulgaria, and they sang songs together, and what did they say? The state is bad, the mayor of Burgas is bad. The police are bad. GERB is bad. Is this the MRF's support for GERB and our behind-the-scenes coalition with them?” explained Borissov.
The premier also noted that large group gatherings render the measures the government has introduced to tackle the pandemic pointless. He also pointed that these types of measures had made Bulgaria one of the most successful European countries when it comes to combating COVID-19 before the attacks launched by those same circles torpedoed the actions of the cabinet and the National Operative Staff “thanks to generous funding from Bozhkov”.

“The pandemic is marching at a horrific pace across the world and in Bulgaria, but we act like we have forgotten it is there. No one follows the guidelines. So why are we even imposing restrictions? Groups of anywhere between 10 and 5,000 people are on the street every day. Why are we closing bars and night clubs? There is no point. We are facing economic and financial devastation in the months and years to come – a nearly 10% drop in GDP. Incomes will fall and then whoever is in power will have to seek broad public consensus,” Borissov said, urging protesters not to incite tension. The premier also announced that he has received reports of possible attempts for the Council of Ministers’ headquarters to be set on fire.

“I would like for these people to remember that the last time something like this happened, when the Party Home building was set on fire, because I hear that is what they plan to do now, Bulgaria was plunged into stagnation, a morass,” Borissov said, adding that seeing the people who align themselves with the president now – Maya Manolova, Rumen Petkov and Hristo Ivanov – makes him seriously concerned because every time these people have been in power, Bulgaria has descended into a crisis.

“These people do not know how to govern – they have proven as much. Every time they are in office, EU funding is suspended. Every time. When GERB is in power, EU funding is flowing, when the BSP takes the reins – it immediately stops,” Borissov stressed.

“Protest all you want, but please have regard for the safety of police officers and your own,” the prime minister urged, adding that he hopes cooler heads will prevail.

“I will not follow in the footsteps of Radev by calling for the hundreds of thousands who voted for GERB to take to the streets. Taking the backdoor through a provisional government is not democratic. Anyone who cares about this country would not steer the people into conflicts,” Borissov concluded.

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