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24 Oct 2019 | 12:52 PM UTC

Bulgaria: Protests reported ahead of local October 27 elections

Bulgaria News Alert

Groups hold protests ahead of local elections on October 27; further protests possible

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/24/2019, 12:00 AM until 10/28/2019, 11:59 PM (UTC). COUNTRY/REGION Bulgaria, Sofia

Event

Bulgaria is set to hold local elections on Sunday, October 27, which has prompted controversy and protests. On Wednesday, October 23, a group marched through Sofia in order to protest the only chief prosecutor candidate, stating their doubts as to whether he would fight against corruption. As he was unanimously nominated by all prosecutors in the council, protesters are angered and call his election predetermined. Protests were reported on Thursday, October 24.

In addition, one Sofia mayoral candidate recently used provocative language, producing significant controversy among voters across the country.

Both controversies may produce additional protests in the lead up to Sunday's election. Associated transportation disruptions and a heightened security presence are to be expected in the vicinity of any protest.  

Advice

Individuals in Bulgaria, and Sofia particularly, are advised to avoid the demonstration area as a precaution and anticipate transportation disruptions and a heightened security presence.

 

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