Political crisis in Bulgaria: Formation of new government without elections?

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Bulgaria’s Consultative Council for National Security convened on Monday. After that meeting, which lasted three hours, the outgoing President Rossen Plevneliev hinted, there was a slim possibility that a new government could be formed without early elections.

This scenario would involve giving a mandate for creating a government to the ultra-nationalist Patriotic Front. That party, known for xenophobia and positions against refugees and minorities, is an official junior partner of the outgoing government coalition under Boyko Borissov.

On December 2nd, 2016, President Plevneliev will do what the constitution requires him to do, in a situation like this one, after the government has stepped down. He will give a mandate to form a new government to the largest and second-largest party in parliament, meaning to Borissov’s conservative party GERB and the Socialists, respectively. Both of those parties have said they would not want to form (another) government in this legislature.

Once both of those parties have returned the mandate, Plevneliev might pass it on to the Patriotic Front, who might (or might not) be able to form a government in cooperation with the Blue Coalition, and with support from a large parliamentary group, such as GERB.

This model does not seem very likely, but there is an increasing number of signs that it might be an option.

The latest political crisis in Bulgaria was triggered by Boyko Borissov, who decided to step down, after his presidential candidate, Tsetska Tsacheva, lost against former general Rumen Radev, who ran for the Socialists. Critics said, there was absolutely no reason for Borissov to step down and pull the country into yet another crisis.

At the same time, a new poll shows that 68 percent of Bulgarians now want a caretaker government and early parliamentary elections. Only 30 percent of Bulgarians said their preferred the formation of a government on the basis of this National Assembly. The poll was conducted by Alpha Research, for Bulgarian National Television.

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Please read far more detailed versions of these stories at The Sofia Globe:

Bulgaria’s Consultative Council for National Security

Alpha Research Poll on Political Future of Bulgaria

 

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