Bulgaria’s National Assembly met briefly on November 9, its only item of business to vote itself back into recess, with its next sitting scheduled for November 15.
The National Assembly plenary had been in recess ahead of the first round of Bulgaria’s presidential elections on November 6.
The initial idea of the recess was to prevent MPs from using the plenary for grandstanding ahead of the presidential elections.
That election did not produce a decisive result and a second round will be held on November 13 between the two candidates who got the most votes on November 6, Bulgarian Socialist Party-backed Roumen Radev and GERB’s Tsetska Tsacheva.
The extension of the recess was proposed by Borislav Velikov of the Reformist Bloc and Boris Yanev of the Patriotic Front. A total of 107 MPs voted in favour, 44 – from the Bulgarian Socialist Party and minority socialist party ABC – against, and there were three abstentions.
During the recess, as before, MPs will be barred from using official transport, except on days that parliamentary committees sit.
The National Assembly plenary will hold a special sitting on November 15 at 2pm.