of the previous government. They will provide one-off assistance to the poor to help them pay their energy bills, but these are cosmetic measures which will not fool anyone. The 2013 budget is very restrictive and the interim government has no intention of looking for ways to increase income.

The protesters have made demands covering the entire political spectrum - from the extreme left to the nationalistic right - from the nationalisation of the monopolies, through liberalisation to expelling foreign colonisers from Bulgaria, whom until recently had been called investors.

The demands of the protesters are just too diverse to allow them to participate together in the elections with their own parties. However, new parties can be expected to appear in the near future. They will want a change in the system - a strong president, simply majority elections, a smaller, functioning parliament and preferential proportional elections

The protests will not cease, whoever wins the elections and forms a government after the elections on the 12th May. The citizens of Bulgaria want a dignified life. They want to be part of their own country which at the moment appears to be in the sole dominion of the profit-making oligarchs. The main problem of Bulgarian political parties - both left and right - is the loss of social sensitivity. Bulgaria is divided into two huge social groups - one group lives according to European standards and is connected with the political parties, while the other has no parliamentary representation and has no resources to live. The first group comprises about 10% of the entire population, while the second group consists of 90%. Until the first group realises that they have to live in dependence and in partnership with the others, Bulgaria cannot expect stability or civil peace.

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