Interview with Bulgarian Election Winner Kiril Petkov "We Will Be Merciless in Applying the Law"

With his promise to ruthlessly fight corruption, Harvard graduate Kiril Petkov recently enjoyed an upset victory in the election in Bulgaria. In an interview, he explains how he hopes to succeed in reinventing his country, which has long had a reputation for corruption.
Interview Conducted by Walter Mayr
Election victor Kiril Petkov

Election victor Kiril Petkov

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Former Prime Minister Boyko Borisov still has considerable influence over the country.

Former Prime Minister Boyko Borisov still has considerable influence over the country.

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"The voters were sick of everything else."
Harvard graduates Petkov and Vasilev want to bring renewal to Bulgaria.

Harvard graduates Petkov and Vasilev want to bring renewal to Bulgaria.

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"We are counting on negotiations rather than propaganda."