Boyko Borisov

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I don't eat dry sausages, I have high blood pressure.

I always comply with people who want to protect dolphins, clams and corals.

Only people who don't want to work are unemployed.

You know that when we promise something, the next day it becomes a reality.

Boyko Borisov, Prime Minister of Bulgaria

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PRIME MINISTER WITHOUT A SMOKED SAUSAGE IN HIS HAND

Each outrage committed by the top GERB functionaries is almost immediately followed by something totally unexpected – and even more outrageous than before – in order to distract the attention of the general public from the really important issues such as the failed judiciary reforms, the unwillingness or the inability of the police to solve even street crimes (whose number increases by the day) and the plummeting standards of democracy in the EU's poorest and most corrupt member state.

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Why do our children have to study Darwin's theory, in which I do not believe, and not creationism?

Yordan Tsonev, an MP for the DPS

Boyko Borisov is the bearer of peace in Europe.

Georgi Gergov, a Plovdiv businessman and a member of the BSP

I am known for my humility.

Prime Minister Boyko Borisov

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If you carry a ladder, you can climb over even the Great Wall of China.

Interior Minister Valentin Radev downplays information about migrants surmount the fence on the Turkish border

We have lived to see the day when Tsvetan Tsvetanov accuses Sweden of corruption.

President Rumen Radev on the GERB's top functionary's accusation that Bulgaria buying Gripen fighters is bad

We are on first-name terms since when we both were mayors.

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Probably a lot of people do it.

Prime Minister Boyko Borisov on the Nazi salute

The public debate in this country has reached a stage where people trade accusations: your Communism is worse than my Nazism.

Lea Cohen, former ambassador and now author

24 May is a holiday in Russia as we celebrate the Slavonic alphabet which came to us from the Macedonian land.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on the Bulgarian alphabet

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Until yesterday, they were being dubbed nationalists. Now they get rebranded as patriots to make them more palatable to the outside world.

Veselin Mareshki, leader of Volya, or Will, political party

GERB's top brass is heavily Communist. Communists fighting against Communism will spell the end of Bulgaria.

Professor Ivo Hristov, an MP for the BSP

GERB is the only party that can handle corruption.

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5 CONCLUSIONS ABOUT PRE- AND POST-ELECTION BULGARIA

The result is known: Boyko Borisov won the 26 March snap election which he himself had called in late in 2016, causing a political crisis, prolonged and acrimonious public debate, and increased expenditure for taxpayers. His party, GERB, garnered over 33 percent of the vote, thus becoming the largest party in parliament. Second is Borisov’s "arch enemy," the BSP, or Bulgarian Socialist Party.

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At this moment they are trying to impose on us a false 'collision' between the grandsons of the Communist Politburo and the grandsons of the drivers of the Politburo, who after the elections will make a big, pilfering coalition.

Radan Kanev, leader of New Republic, on BSP and GERB

As a pupil my dream was to march on the parade ground.

Boyko Borisov on why voluntary military service is on GERB's election programme

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A FEW MORE WEEKS OF BOYKO

Like so many other things in Bulgaria since 2009, it all started with the inimitable mixture of populism and demagoguery of this country's outgoing prime minister, Boyko Borisov. The current political crisis has its roots in Borisov's threat to resign in case his handpicked nominee for president, Tsetska Tsacheva, failed to win. Which she did in the November ballot, by an unprecedented margin in Bulgaria's presidential elections since the fall of Communism.

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The migrants' pressure on the Bulgarian borders seriously weakens our nation's reproductive capabilities.

Miho Mihov, former Army General Chief of Staff

Who can you elect for parliament? The patriots, who are not patriots; the party of rednecks; or the left wing, who are actually rightwing?

Professor Velislav Minekov

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IN AFTERMATH OF PRESIDENTIAL BALLOT

While he was in his heyday, Bulgaria's prime minister, Boyko Borisov, used to deride learned men and women by calling them "the guys wearing spectacles." Notoriously, he used to boast that in his lifetime he had read only one book, a Western story entitled Winnetou and written by a 19th century German writer, Karl May. He also used to woo workers protesting over their unpaid wages by assuring them that they were "simple folk" and because he himself was a "simple man" they would get together well.

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The Interior Ministry is one of the most reformed systems in this country.

Rumyana Bachvarova, outgoing interior minister

Parvanov (the former president) lies that I am going on hunger strike again.

Poet Edvin Sugarev, who now works as Bulgaria's consul in Nis, Serbia. He has made a name for himself for going on politically motivated hunger strikes

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Before 1989, everyone was BKP.

Tsvetan Tsvetanov, GERB, on the Communist past of Tsetska Tsacheva

As a girl I was very much into reincarnation. Then a friend of mine computed that in one of my past lives I had been an Irish leader riding along the ocean coast.

Tsetska Tsacheva, speaker of Parliament, GERB presidential nominee

National interests stand above human rights.

Tsetska Tsacheva

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Mr Borisov, failure to nominate yourself as GERB's presidential candidate will indicate you are scared.

Kornelia Ninova, leader of the BSP

I can't wait for the presidential elections in the US, because that guy will be... because the world will be more interesting afterwards.

Prime Minister Boyko Borisov

We need to advertise our vampires.

Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova

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On my Facebook page there were many comments about my mother.

Lazar Lazarov, the manager of the Road Infrastructure Agency, on the increased prices of road vignettes

Boyko Borisov is our subordinate. We decide, he obeys.

Valeri Simeonov, co-chairman of the Patriotic Front

In the Black Sea I want to see ships, yachts and tourists; peace and love.

Prime Minister Boyko Borisov

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The European Court for Human Rights has all the prestige of the Eurovision song contest.

Magdalena Tasheva, an MP for Ataka

Wherever Borisov cuts a ribbon, reconstructions begin a few days later. Just look at the highways. I admit, however, that Borisov is very good at selling illusions.

Dragomir Stoynev, an MP for the BSP

In the Balkans, we are men, we love to have fun and to work less.

Prime Minister Boyko Borisov

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I appeal to all Bulgarians abroad to be patriots.

Valeri Simeonov, leader of the National Front for the Salvation of Bulgaria

I don't know who makes nationalists out of people ridden with complexes.

Tatyana Doncheva, leader of Movement 21

Every two-three days we give the people what they want.

Prime Minister Boyko Borisov

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Our services' next counterterrorism training will be an even bigger surprise for the citizens.

Interior Ministry Chief Secretary Georgi Kostov on reports that citizens were detained for hours without an explanation during a counterterrorism training exercise

Each website should give the opportunity to identify the commentators under a given article.

Attorney General Sotir Tsatsarov

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