Bulgarian justice minister resigns over real property deal


SOFIA, March 23 (Reuters): Bulgarian Justice Minister Tsetska Tsacheva resigned on Saturday following media reports that she and three different ruling center-proper GERB birthday party politicians have sold expensive flats at below-market expenses, the government’s press workplace said. Tsacheva has denied any wrongdoing and requested the Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate the terms on which she had obtained a spacious rental in an upmarket Sofia neighborhood final 12 months. Prime Minister Boyko Borissov commonplace her resignation after meeting with her early on Saturday, the press office stated in an announcement.

“The two discussed the real estate deal linked together with her name. Minister Tsacheva advised the top minister that she cease and did not want the tensions [around the deal] to have an effect on the authorities’ work,” the statement stated. The Anti-Corruption Commission launched a probe on Friday into the houses bought ultimate yr from the identical developer. One of the four politicians, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, chief of GERB’s parliamentary group, has also denied any wrongdoing. But Deputy Sports Minister Vanya Koleva resigned on Saturday over the deals. The trouble got here too mild in advance this week after the Bulgarian section of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and the non-governmental Anti-Corruption Fund posted their research into the assets deals.

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Their report was picked up by way of different Bulgarian media stores. Speaking to reporters in the southern metropolis of Stara Zagora, Tsacheva reiterated she had demanded the anti-corruption probe herself as she had no issues approximately the final results. She rejected that she had devoted an “abuse of office,” including: “But while the probe lasts, I do not need my involvement this case to weigh on the GERB celebration and the government.” The reports have outraged many inside the poorest European Union member nation, and Borissov has stated that anyone who has breached the legal guidelines will deal with the consequences.

The information comes as political parties are preparing for EU parliament elections in May. Opinion polls show a slim lead for GERB over competition Socialists. The GERB-led authorities took office in May 2017 for a 4-year time period. Despite pledges through consecutive governments to uproot widespread graft, Bulgaria ranks as the most corrupt EU member nation, consistent with the anti-corruption institution Transparency International. Despite this, it has now not sent a senior authentic at the back of bars on corruption charges. Analysts say excessive-stage corruption is the main impediment to Bulgaria’s ambition to attract extra overseas investment or to join the EU’s Schengen region for a free journey.

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