Bulgaria’s deputy prime minister has quit after controversial remarks about disabled rights activists sparked protests.
Valeri Simeonov said they were “shrill women” who “speculated with their supposedly ill children … to achieve their purely materialistic goals”.
Simeonov, the leader of an alliance that is a junior coalition partner in Bulgaria’s centre-right government, resigned on Friday.
“I am handing in my resignation following the continued media campaign against me,” Simeonov said.
Boyko Borissov, Bulgaria’s prime minister, accepted Simeonov’s resignation, the government press office said.