Electric bills are at the root of the resignation of the government of Bulgaria, according to a Feb. 20 report by CNN News. After eight days of protests over high electric bills and other austerity measures, the Prime Minister of Bulgaria, Boyko Borisov, and his cabinet have resigned. The Parliament must vote to accept the resignation on Thursday, and then an election will be announced.
The Prime Minister Borisov said that the Cabinet will perform their functions until a new Cabinet is elected. The formal resignation letter from Boyko Borisov assured citizens that they will attempt to ensure continuity.
The now-resigned prime minister has been in the position since 2009 as part of the GERB party. He was formerly a body guard to communist dictator Todor Zhivkov. Borisov is a karate black belt and cultivates a Putin-like image. He was known for showing up when pot holes were filled in the streets. He uses an analogy that refers to this in a statement about the situation reported by Reuters:
"My decision to resign will not be changed under any circumstances. I do not build roads so that blood is shed on them.”