Political crisis in Bulgaria: GERB will not support new government

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GERB, the conservative party of the outgoing Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, will not suuport any new government on the basis of the current National Assembly. The decision was taken within GERB’s parliamentary group and announced by its leader, the former interior minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov.

After a meeting with a discussion on the topic, Tsvetanov said, Borissov had been notified of the decision and would comply with it. He stated, GERB wanted early parliamentary elections.

A day earlier, Borissov had hinted that his party might be willing to support a government assembled by either the ultra-nationalist Patriotic Front or the conservative Reformist Block. This seems to be off the table now.

The Patriotic Front’s co-leader Valeri Simeonov had stated on Wednesday, his party was already holding informal discussions with most other parliamentary groups, on possible support for a government headed by his party.

Observers were worried about the way Borissov, but also President Plevneliev and other politicians talked to the Patriotic Front, a xenophobic, far-right party, which opposes rights for minorities and wants all “migrants” deported. The Patriotic Front is a junior partner in Borissov’s outgoing government coalition.

In the political crisis Bulgaria is confronted with, there are two ways. A caretaker government could be named, which would take responsibility until new elections would be held in early spring. Or a government could be formed within the current National Assembly. But the two largest parliamentary groups, GERB and the Socialists, have already said they would return mandates to form a new government, given to them by the outgoing President Plevneliev. On December 2nd, he will officially give that mandate to GERB.

After the two largest parliamentary groups refuse the mandate, it will be passed on to one of the smaller parties, possibly the Patriotic Front. The latter aspect worried observers as well. The European Union does not like parties of the extreme right either.

By Imanuel Marcus

Detailed articles on the subject:

GERB refuses to support new government in current parliament (by our affiliate, The Sofia Globe)

Nationalists begin informal talks on formation of government (by our affiliate, The Sofia Globe)

 

 

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