Thousands of people have demonstrated in the Bulgarian capital for the eighth straight day, demanding the resignation of the government of Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski.
Up to 10,000 protesters gathered in front of the government headquarters in downtown Sofia on Friday, shouting slogans against the government.
The protestors called for reform of the political system in the European Union’s poorest country.
“We demand that the oligarchy resign from political office so that Bulgaria can conform to European Union standards,” organizers of the rally wrote on Facebook.
The protests started last week, when the three-week-old government appointed media mogul Delyan Peevski as the chief of Bulgaria’s National Security Agency (DANS).
Oresharski has said the appointment was a mistake, but that his government will not resign over it.
Shortly after the appointment, President Rosen Plevneliev said he had lost confidence in the government and demanded an immediate review of the controversial appointment.
The appointment was controversial since Peevski runs one of the country’s major media groups and has no experience in national security.
In February, the country’s previous conservative-led government was forced to resign after massive protests were held against high-energy bills and low salaries in the poorest EU member state.
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