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Bulgaria: Official Says Privatization Will Be 'Total'

Sofia, 24 March 1997 (RFE/RL) - The Bulgarian official in charge of the country's privatization effort says the process will be "radical" and "total".

In an interview yesterday with the weekly "Capital," Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Bozhkov says that no Bulgarian enterprise will be in government hands in two years' time. He said no exceptions will be made, not even for the current rail, telecommunications, electricity, and air transport monopolies.

Bozhkov was the first head of Bulgaria's privatization agency, created in 1992. He won his current post in Bulgaria's interim government after the Bulgarian Socialist Party was forced from power because of the country's severe economic crisis.