Bulgaria’s Justice Minister to resign; Criticised for not addressing corruption

A demonstrator holds a flare in front of the government building, during an anti-government protest in Sofia, Bulgaria, July 14, 2020. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

Bulgaria’s Justice Minister Danail Kirilov resigned on Wednesday following criticism of his failure to address corruption.

His resignation also follows a 50th consecutive day of anti-government protests.

Bulgaria’s Justice Minister is the fifth minister to resign since protests started in July after raids on the offices of President Rumen Radev who is a vocal critic of the incumbent government.

The people protesting in the capital Sofia are demanding for Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and Prosecutor General Ivan Geshev to step down. They are alledgedly linked to mafia and oligarchs.

A nationwide protest has been called for next Wednesday when the government is expected to give its decision on Justice Minister’s resignation.