High Power Utility Costs Prompt Bulgaria Prime Minister Boris Borisov to Resign

by Colonel on February 20, 2013

“Thousands of Bulgarians furious over eye-popping power bills forced Prime Minister Boris Borisov to resign Wednesday, making the Bulgarian leader the latest casualty of austerity measures in Europe.

Borisov told voters that he was stepping down after the marches turned violent, which he said he could not take.

The demonstrations Wednesday were just the latest chaos in the Eastern European nation, the EU’s poorest member, where average salaries are just 380 euros a month. On Sunday, 100,000 protesters took to the streets, pasting government buildings in downtown Sofia with eggs and tomatoes. …

The protesters burned power bills and they denounced Borisov’s government for failing to improve living standards in the country.

Electricity bills have gone up 13% since July. For many protesters the rising cost brings back memories of Bulgaria’s communist past and the poverty prevalent during that period.

” — Victor Kotsev and Charles McPhedran, Copyright 2013 USAToday

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