Bulgarian president initiates libel suit against prime minister, denies claims of plagiarism

The Bulgarian presidential office confirmed that president Georgi Parvanov has officially approached the general prosecutor in order to file a libel suit against prime minister Boyko Borisov. Borisov had accused Parvanov of standing behind the so-called ‘tapegate’ affair in the course of which several tapes published by the weekly ‘Galeria’ had shown that the government might favour individuals and companies in customs investigations.

This week, government and president also quarreled about another issue: the amendments to the Bulgarian Academy of Science Act proposed by the government. Prime minister Borisov accused Parvanov of plagiarising his party’s science development strategy after the president threatened to veto the planned amendments and outlined his vision of the Academy. As only one day later Borisov recalled the bill and announced to start a new bill from scratch (drafts are to be made under cooperation with representatives from all parties and scientists) and the president was able to refer to  previous interviews and statements on science policy, Parvanov – again – seems to have maintained the upper hand in the constant intra-executive conflict.

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