Borissov calls for an election of Grand National Assembly and Constitution overhaul

Borissov promised to resign if lawmakers approved his call for the election of a Grand National Assembly

Бойко Борисов
Източник: Канал 3

Бойко Борисов

Here is the full wording of the statement:
I appeal to all Bulgarian citizens.
I promised to come up with my decisions - it's time to announce them!
At this point, this government built up after elections fulfilled its commitments: it guaranteed economic growth, sound finances, a record low external debt; it improved infrastructure on an unprecedented scale, and launched huge energy projects that many claimed were impossible.
The same government continues to lead the country through the pandemic with the least damages possible; we have mobilized billions leva in support of health and social systems, people and the business.
Cigarette smuggling levels have dropped tenfold over nine years. Thus, Bulgaria is currently the European country with the lowest levels of tobacco smuggling. This resulted in hundreds of millions leva spared for Bulgaria coming from the monitoring of alcohol and fuels in refineries.
The current government has contracted nearly BGN 60 billion to be invested in our country in the coming years.
It has convinced our European partners to accept us in the innermost circle of European integration – ERM II and the Banking Union.
While GERB is ruling with me as Prime Minister we have increased the incomes and the GDP more than two and a half times.
This turned out to be insufficient.
After many years of fake news and attacks by unsystematic political players who already failed, there is erosion in the trust in institutions. The natural revolt of the young people ensued.
Particular people tried to take over this revolt of the youth – oligarchs who united after their economic interests were affected, people who didn’t success in their attempts to catalyze their political and financial ambitions, unfulfilled politicians who have long ago lost public support. They tried to blow up the order in the country.
With their paradoxical hate speech these people pulled out the protest of the pure demonstrators. From the very beginning they began to introduce their personal interests among the protesters in order to replace their ideas with those of the oligarchy and the underworld.
Daily escalation of huge political tension followed. Such a symbiosis is extremely dangerous for the democracy. Gallows and coffins appeared at traffic lights and the columns of Eagles’ Bridge. They desecrated the buildings that are a symbol of statehood. Red paint colored the Parliament and the city center of a European capital called Sofia!
At one point the masks fell down and the mothers of disadvantaged children were brought on stage. The second act of the big scenario of the oligarchy was carried out by politicians of all oppositional colors who had been seeking and unselfishly receiving my support over the years. They either gave up on their own or were forced to give up because of their unscrupulous political ambitions. That is exactly what they failed to overcome. They united. Like a spy team, they walked around my house and spread black trash bags where my daughter and grandchildren live. Following that fiasco, they organized barricades. Public property was demolished, chains were stretched, and gallows, containers, benches and pots were dragged to the streets. They tried to strike the idea that there was no state.
Meanwhile the opposition in the Parliament is not recognized by the nation as an alternative because it is weak, helpless and incapable of producing legislative decisions that are a corrective to the governance.
The President has abandoned his primary role – to unite the nation. In his desire to be a political leader he deliberately fueled tension among institutions to the point of making Bulgarian citizens stand against each other. He divided the society, waved his fist up high and set fire to the destructive power of opposition.
Thus he became and established himself as a servant of the oligarchy.
This is how the authentic voice for change has been crushed. The protest started as a civil action of like-minded people but it become a dictate over the demonstrators. Nevertheless that didn't work either.
The scenario for a complete blockade of the state turned out to be impossible, because the destructive revolutionary revanchism is not natural to Bulgarians.
The reason is that the desire for the rule of law, for legality, for new people in the governance cannot be achieved with a gross violation of law. The Bulgarians felt that.
Blockades of roads, stations, subway or attempts for bloody upheaval resulted in an explosion of discontent.
The protest did not produce its authentic leaders. For more than a month, the protesters haven’t specified their demands beyond resignations.
These educated young people participating in the protest don’t talk about what they are doing next. And most importantly - how will they achieve it and who will come at their help?
It is not enough just to destroy the old world. One needs to know what will be built on its place. Do they know, for example, how they will participate in early elections? What is their political representation? What will be their program? What do they offer?
The slogan "Everyone out" is destructive and deeply wrong. The old swindlers overused them with their actions. The youth revolt has been overtaken.
No one from the protest stood out as a speaker, as a leader, as a new figure who could be an alternative.
Unfortunately, the vast majority of the protesting children did not understand the games behind the scenes!
And yet - everything is in the hands of young people. I respect their rebellion. They still have a chance to create a new, legitimate, democratic movement and a new generation of political leaders with a democratic view for the future of Bulgaria. It is high time young people actualized their historical mission and the difficult path that I propose them now – we may follow it together.
The deep desire for change in Bulgaria is burning and is already beyond the control of systemic political parties. It is necessary to give birth to a new generation of Bulgarian leaders for the future and a new basic law of the state.
Otherwise, this protest will remain only with the inspiring energy of the protests of 1989, 1997, 2013, and in time will follow their fate.
For me and my party it is not a goal but an opportunity to participate in the government in order to achieve results. That is why people have voted for us for more than 10 years. I have been reprimanded more than once for my excessive civic sensitivity. In the name of democracy, I have twice withdrawn when I sensed the attempts of particular people to divide the society. And yet, people brought me back in.
Today I will not be the one who will allow Bulgarians to fight against each other instead of preserving democratic peace and building on it. I will not be the one who tolerates waving of fists up high both at the blockades and in front of the presidency.
Pursuant to Article 87, paragraph 1 of the Constitution of the Republic of Bulgaria and Article 76, paragraph 1 of the Rules of Organization and Procedure of the National Assembly, GERB will submit a draft of a new Constitution of the Republic of Bulgaria.
It is time for responsibility and determination! It is time not only to change the political system, but to restart the state. The need to restart the political model can no longer be postponed! The unity, statehood and stability of the country are not just words for me - they are the basis I have stepped on for each of my decisions.
The need for a new Constitution of the Republic of Bulgaria is a subject that in recent years has been a leading one for many citizens and public organizations.
We propose a draft Constitution to protect the basic principles and principles of our time and in order to meet the attitudes and expectations of Bulgarian citizens. The current Constitution was adopted in another historical period, under different political circumstances, in another international status of our country, at another level of legislative practice. And time has shown that without changing the basic law, we cannot meet challenges.
The Basic Law should be drafted in line with European rules. According to the current Constitution, a new one can be adopted only by the Grand National Assembly.
Therefore, I propose the convening of a Grand National Assembly to introduce a number of significant changes to the Constitution:
• We will propose a reduction of the number of MPs from 240 to 120;
• We will propose a reduction of the number of MPs in the Grand National Assembly from 400 to 280;
• We will terminate the Supreme Judicial Council and propose the establishment of a Judicial Council of Judges and a Judicial Council of Prosecutors. The two councils will deal separately with personnel issues related to judges, on the one hand, and prosecutors and investigators, on the other.
In accordance with the recommendations of the European Commission for Democracy through Law - the so-called Venice Commission, which is an advisory body to the Council of Europe – 7 of the members of the Judicial Council of Judges will be elected by the professional community, and the other 6 by by a two-thirds majority of the members of the National Assembly. The members by right will be the chairmen of the Supreme Court of Cassation and the Supreme Administrative Court.
• We will propose that the mandate of the Head of the Supreme Court of Cassation, the Supreme Administrative Court and the Prosecutor General is five years;
• We will propose to limit the powers of the Minister of Justice only to proposing draft budgets to the relevant bodies and to manage the real estate of the judiciary;
• We will propose that there are inspectorates to each of those 2 councils. Each of the two inspectorates should consist of a chief inspector and five inspectors;
• We will propose introducing the Institute of individual constitutional complaint;
• We will propose a hearing of the Prosecutor General in the National Assembly every six months. The report should cover the application of the law on the activities of the prosecution and investigative bodies;
• The National Assembly will be able to hear the Prosecutor General on issues related to specific criminal proceedings, with the permission of the supervising prosecutor;
These are issues that people have wanted and expected for years. These proposals will increase the role of political representation and will remove anonymous MPs from the Parliament. This will strengthen the independence of the judiciary, turn prosecutors and judges into self-governing communities, and perhaps most importantly – strengthen control over the activities of the Prosecutor General.
Whenever the National Assembly decides to hold elections for the Grand National Assembly according to Art. 160 of the Constitution, I will resign as Prime Minister on that same day.
The Grand National Assembly is a unique opportunity not only to restart our democracy, but also for this to happen in a regime of maximum political representation. We will insist that 200 out of all 400 MPs in the Grand National Assembly are elected pro rate and the remaining 200 – personally.
The time has come for each of us to define himself by making his own political and historical choices. This is the only possible way to start over. At a time of the worst socio-economic crisis, a time of pandemic, a time worse than the Great Depression, when world economies are collapsing, the country must step out united.
Unity makes strength!
This is what our country needs the most today!
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