Local Press Digest


SOFIA, Apr 24, 2000


Prime Minister Ivan Kostov told the national radio that he would seek to lower the immunity threshold against criminal prosecution for members of parliament or scrap it altogether as a way to curb corruption.


For first time since Prime Minister Ivan Kostov took office in May 1997, his rating of approval was lower than the rating of disapproval, showed a survey by the Public Opinion Research Center carried out in April. Of those polled, 47 percent said they disapproved of Kostov's performance against 43 percent who approved.


Izraeli businessman Gad Zeevi had resumed talks for buying a stake in Bulgaria's only GSM operator MobilTel, representatives of Zeevi in Bulgaria said.

Zeevi Group, owned by Zeevi, holds a majority stake in Bulgaria's national carrier Balkan Airlines.


Ahmed Dogan, leader of Bulgarian ethnic Turks' Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) proposed that a special parliamentary commission was set up to investigate Bulgaria's major privatization deals. MRF forms the third force in parliament.


Senior officials from some 50 major Bulgaria-based companies meet in Sofia on Monday to set up a Union of Employers in Bulgaria.


President Petar Stoyanov is the only Bulgarian politician whose rating of approval is higher than the rating of disapproval, showed a survey by the Public Opinion Research Center. In April, 71 percent of those polled said they approved of Stoyanov's performance, five percentage points down from the previous month.

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