Interim Prime Minister Gerdzhikov: Bulgaria will be calm and stable

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Ognyan Gerdzhikov, who was appointed to be Interim Prime Minister of Bulgaria until a newly elected government takes over, has made promises to the Bulgarian people. In an interview with Bulgarian National Television (BNT) he said, there will be calm and political stability until the early parliamentary elections take place on March 26th, 2017.

He also stated, the main task of his caretaker government was to prepare for fair elections. If necessary, he would deal with shortcomings, Gerdzhikov said, but his main intention was to build on past achievements.

Ognyan Gerdzhikov, a centrist law professor, was appointed by Bulgaria’s new President Rumen Radev, who also released a list of ministers he appointed. Kiril Ananiev, a former Deputy Finance Minister in several governments, will be Finance Minister. The Bulgarian Ambassador to Germany, Radi Naidenov, will be Foreign Minister. (More names of appointed ministers can be found at The Sofia Globe).

The interim government will start working on Friday, January 27th, 2017, when it replaces Prime Minister Boyko Borissov’s government. Borissov had officially stepped down in November, when Rumen Radev won the presidential elections in a landslide, while Borissov’s candidate failed miserably.

Critics believe Borissov caused an unnecessary new political crisis and that it was not necessary for him to step down, triggering early parliamentary elections for the third time since 2013. Supporters of the outgoing Prime Minister, on the other hand, thanked him for reviving the Bulgarian economy.

According to the latest polls, Borissov’s party GERB, which is located in the center-right area of the political spectrum, might have a slight lead over the Socialists, who are entering the arena with a new leader, Kornelia Ninova. Whoever wins, the coalition-building process could be difficult.

Observers fear that a coalition of ultra-nationalist, xenophobic parties might become stronger than before.

In the meantime, the E.U. Commission released its latest report on Bulgaria’s progress since it joined the E.U. 10 years and 25 days ago. According to the document, Bulgaria has made “important progress” regarding judicial reforms and the fight against corruption. But there were still shortcomings.

By Imanuel Marcus

In cooperation with The Sofia Globe.

Photo: Ognyan Gerdzhikov. Source: Youtube.

 

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