Nevertheless, thousands again took to the streets in the evening to protest against high electricity prices and foreign monopolies. "I will not take part in a government if the police have to fight with the people," said borissow.
The activists also protested at the parliament, where several hundred of borisov’s supporters expressed their support for his GERB (citizens for european development of bulgaria) party. A strong police force prevented clashes between the two camps. Protests also took place in the black sea cities of warna and burgas, in blagoevgrad and in wraza.
Borissov took office in july 2009 with promises to modernize the poorest EU country, raise incomes to central european levels and fight corruption more effectively. But because of drastic austerity policies that kept the budget deficit well below three percent, the standard of living of many bulgarians also remained far below the eu average.
Before the resignation, protests in the capital sofia on tuesday evening led to heavy rioting. Several people were injured. Police arrested demonstrators who threw smoke bombs, firecrackers and empty bottles.
The activists who have been dominating bulgaria’s agenda for days now do not belong to any of the established parties. The people organized over the internet in about 30 cities also have no coherent political concept. Their protests are directed against foreign monopolies as well as against traditional politicians and their parties. Sociologists warned that bulgaria could descend into anarchy, the pressure of the strabe is unpredictable.
"We continue the struggle," said representatives of the demonstrators after borissov’s resignation. The activists are now demanding for themselves a quota of 50 percent in all state control bodies, such as the energy supply. Politically, they are calling for elections for a broad popular assembly to amend the constitution.
"If they burn the american flag, they won’t get lower electricity bills," sociologist dimitar dimitrov criticized the sometimes chaotic protests. Unlike the deep crisis of 1996 and 1997, there is no political alternative now, said political scientist ognjan mintschew. The current situation makes the country "practically ungovernable".
The regular parliamentary elections were in july. Now early elections at the end of april are in prospect. Parliament to approve resignation of borissov government on thursday. The opposition socialists, as the second strongest faction, have already refrained from forming a new government. Party leader sergej stanischew called for new elections.
Ultimately, president rossen plewneliev will have to appoint an interim government. Borissov declared that his party does not want to take part in this.
Federal minister guido westerwelle (FDP) appealed to all parties to join forces in search of a solution. "This is a matter that demands a lot of responsibility from all political forces in bulgaria". We rely on the fact that everyone now knows his responsibility."