Christmas news summary Bulgaria: Friday December 23 2016

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The future President of Bulgaria has criticized his predecessor in an unprecedented move. On Bulgarian National Television, he declined the offer by outgoing President Rosen Plevneliev, to turn over names for a caretaker government which Plevneliev would then appoint for him.

Radev said, he intended to adhere to the constitution and announce his caretaker government after his inauguration, which is scheduled for January 22nd, 2017.

The President Elect also stated, political arguments or personal motivations did not change the constitution. He criticized Plevneliev for “his refusal to fulfill the obligation imposed on him by the constitution” to appoint a caretaker government after three parliamentary groups had returned their mandates for the formation of a new government.

This kind of argument in public, between a President and his successor, is unconventional, to say the least. The Bulgarian President does have certain powers in political crises like the ongoing one, and in times of war. But, all in all, he is not supposed to be driven by party politics, but rather be something like the conscience and voice of his people, while fulfilling representative functions and tasks.

In the meantime, two former Constitutional Court judges entered the public discussion on Plevneliev’s refusal to name a caretaker government at this point. Judge Plamen Kirov said, the President had abdicated his constitutional obligations, while Judge Blagovest Punev said he had not.

Explaining why he decided not to appoint a caretaker cabinet, Plevneliev had said on Thursday that he did not want to make Bulgaria a laughing stock by the country having a succession of three to four governments over five months, two of them under successive presidents.

The latest political crisis Bulgaria is facing was triggered by the resignation Prime Minister Boyko Borissov announced, after his candidate lost two rounds of presidential elections in November of 2016. New parliamentary elections are expected to take place in spring.

Regarding the elections, a date for which will have to be scheduled by Radev, once he takes office, observers are worried about a possible strengthening of radical far right wing parties, which are cooperating increasingly. Their xenophobic propaganda is hardly triggering any opposition among Sofia politicians.

According to polls, the far right would get more than 10 percent of all votes, if elections took place right now, while Borissov’s GERB has lost most of its edge over the Socialists.

Meanwhile, the latest study conducted by Eurobarometer has found that 77 percent of Bulgarians have a negative attitude to migration by non-E.U. citizens.

By im.

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