The Bulgarian Democratic Deficit – 2

The Bulgarian Parliament has declined a proposal for the creation of a temporary investigation committee for the cases of police violence in Bulgaria. The parliamentary groups of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) and the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) voted against the proposal.

According to the socialist MP Tatyana Doncheva “lawyers in the Parliament should consider the division of powers”.

Since I’m a legal professional, though outside of the National Assembly, I would like to remind Mrs. Doncheva that Bulgaria is a republic with a parliamentary form of government (art. 1, para. 1 of the Constitution of the Republic of Bulgaria). The Parliament has two main powers – the legislative authority and exercise of parliamentary control (art. 62, para. 1 of the Constitution). Due to this fact members of the National Assembly have the right to address questions and interpellations to the Council of Ministers and to individual ministers, who are obligated to respond (art. 90, para. 1 of the Constitution).

Considering the division of powers I reach the conclusion that for part of the MPs it is not necessary to establish a temporary investigation committee for the cases of police violence in Bulgaria. The reasons for that may be two – either there is no police violence, or all cases are clear.

There IS police violence in Bulgaria, Mrs. Doncheva, as I became witness to. Hence the conclusion that you know well all such cases, or, worse, don’t disapprove them.

Yes, there is a democratic deficit in Bulgaria (check the Google translation of my post in Bulgarian about the dispersed protests on 14 January 2009).

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