SOFIA, Bulgaria — Prime Minister Boyko Borissov submitted his resignation to Parliament today after more than a week of anti-government protests sparked street violence in the European Union’s poorest country.
Lawmakers in the capital, Sofia, will vote on Borissov’s resignation Thursday, Speaker Tsetska Tsacheva said today. If Parliament accepts the motion, the government will step down and Borissov, in office since 2009, can propose a successor from his party or President Rosen Plevneliev will appoint an interim government and call an early public vote. Elections were originally scheduled for July 7.
Borissov, a former bodyguard of Bulgarian leaders, fell victim to anti-austerity movements that have shaken governments from Spain to Greece. His focus on budget cuts, which kept the country out of turbulent international bond markets, boosted unemployment, cut incomes and angered voters.