Bulgaria’s President Plevneliev: Call for formation of pro-European government

Written by on December 18, 2016 in Bulgaria - No comments

The Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev, who will be in office for another 32 days, is hoping for a pro-European government. He urged the members of parliament to make every effort to form a government of this kind, which would finish the preparations for the Bulgarian E.U. Presidency, which is coming up in 2018.

According to conventional Bulgarian media, Plevneliev said, Bulgaria would risk failing its presidency if it was plunged into a long lasting period of instability.  He stated, Bulgaria had a choice. The country could either continue with political maneuvering and disputes, or take a leading role during its presidency.

Bulgaria is in yet another political crisis at this stage. Since Rosen Plevneliev did not want to serve a second term, a successor needed to be elected. Prime Minister Boyko Borissov’s conservative party GERB picked the speaker of the National Assembly, Tsetska Tsacheva, who lost against former general Rumen Radev, the candidate supported by the Socialists. He will be inaugurated on January of 2017.

Because of the defeat in the presidential elections, Prime Minister Borissov and his government resigned, triggering a new political crisis.

It is unclear at this stage whether there will be early parliamentary elections or if a new government will be formed in the 43rd National Assembly.

The latest twist is that there might be a third government headed by Borissov. It might be a new coalition between GERB, the Reformist Bloc and the ultra-nationalist group Patriotic Front.

By im.

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