Prosecutor General Elections: A President’s Perspective

On December 20, 2012 the new Prosecutor General was elected. Less than 24 hours later the President signed the decree for his appointment.

Some qualify the president’s actions as record-breaking and impressive given the unanimous reaction on behalf of the parliamentary opposition calling on the President to decline the Supreme Judicial Council suggestion (for an elected candidate) because of defective procedure. The same message bore the NGOs’ statements and the European Commission expressed its disappointment that the SJC didn’t manage to avoid controversial decisions, for “no one benefits from having persons elected on high leading state posts stepping into office under the shadow of insecurity.”

In the week to follow the President stated that he placed his trust in the Prosecutor General and acknowledged his election as indicative pointing out that the elected candidate received many votes on the first round. He shared his hopes that the Prosecution as an institution will be live up to its meaning, be built on and focus on results.
Despite the scandals around the Prosecutor General election the president pointed out in his first public is convinced that Mr. Tsatsarov (elected Prosecutor General) enjoys high public and institutional confidence.

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