Bulgarian Parliament elected Anastas Anastassov, the head of Parliament's internal security and public order committee, as Deputy Speaker on July 14 2010.
Anastassov replaced fellow Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (abbreviated as GERB in Bulgarian) MP Luchezar Ivanov, who resigned last week in the wake of a media row that saw him accused of trying to stifle a media report on the luxurious lifestyle of some Customs Agency employees.
Facing growing criticism, Ivanov resigned as Deputy Speaker, head of Parliament's health care committee and head of GERB party organisation in Sofia. He was not asked to quit Parliament, however, and remains an MP.
Anastassov, 44, is a lawyer and a member of Parliament's legal affairs committee. He said that he would stay on as the chairperson of the internal security committee for the time being, although Deputy Speakers-elected to represent each parliamentary group-are not traditionally appointed as committee heads.
The openings left by Ivanov's resignation were also filled on July 14. GERB MPs Dessislava Atanassova and Genoveva Alexieva became chairperson and deputy chairperson of the health care committee, the latter replacing Plamen Tsekov, who resigned as a result of another media row, concerning the publication of amendments in the State Gazette that had not been approved by Parliament. Tsekov and another GERB MP, Svetlin Tanchev, resigned for their involvement in the publication of the amendment that allowed the use of drug images in advertising. Tanchev was replaced by Monica Panayotova.
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|Publication:||The Sofia Echo (Sofia, Bulgaria)|
|Date:||Jul 16, 2010|
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