Political scientist Assoc. Prof. Stoychev: Is the president a Trojan horse of Bozhkov?

“I hope the president will come out and explain what Mr Bozhkov's involvement is in all this - does he support him or does he not. Is the president Mr Bozhkov's Trojan horse? Whatever harsh rhetoric we use, let's not delegitimise the institutions by using such qualifications for the prosecution and the court.”

This was stated on the Bulgarian National Television channel by the political scientist Assoc. Prof. Stoycho Stoychev on the occasion of the protests in Sofia.

“In Bulgaria it is very easy to speak when you are in opposition. But for the first time, we are witnessing a real institutional war that the president is opening with the prosecution. The people in government are politicians - with their own platforms. They are political figures, and it is normal for them to enter into controversy. They can call each other “mobsters”. But when the president accuses the prosecution of being “a mafia” and says that he has to “sweep” them, that is already worrying. And this can be interpreted as interference in the work of the judiciary, precisely because this reaction came after the Prosecutor's Office began to take actions against one of his secretaries,” added Assoc. Prof. Stoychev.

His colleague Slavi Vassilev objected, saying that “mafia” was political jargon, and that the feeling that the mafia was there was not from yesterday - from the search in the offices of the presidential administration, and that it was “pure coincidence”. Stoychev disagreed and stressed: “Such institutional behaviour is unacceptable, and this is not good for democracy. Because we are turning into something like a simulation of a state. The president does not appoint either the chief prosecutor or the government. He appoints his secretaries and it is them that he can ask for an explanation.”

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