Eighth day of anti-government protests in Bulgaria

Several thousands Bulgarians demonstrated Friday for the eighth straight day for the three-week-old government to resign and for root-and-branch reform of the political system in the EU's poorest country.

"We demand that the oligarchy resigns from political office so that Bulgaria can conform to European Union standards," organisers of the rally said in message on Facebook.

Between 7,000 and 10,000 people have joined the rallies in Sofia every evening since last Friday -- just four months after demonstrations prompted the resignation of the last government.

The latest protests began in reaction to the appointment of a media mogul as security chief -- since withdrawn -- but have turned into demonstrations against the Socialist-backed government and politicians in general.