Bulgarian politics: Caretaker government in charge from today

Written by on January 27, 2017 in Bulgaria - No comments

Ognyan Gerdzhikov, Prime Minister in the caretaker government. Photo: BNT.

The new Bulgarian caretaker government will be in charge starting today, after a ceremony with President Rumen Radev.

Ognyan Gerdzhikov, the Caretaker Prime Minister chosen by Radev, is 70 years old and a law professor. Radev’s choice was supported by politicians on both sides of the aisle.

One of Gerdzhikov’s deputies is Ilko Smerdzhiev, the Healthcare and Social Policy Minister in the caretaker government. Stefan Yanev, another deputy, will be Minister for Internal Order and Defence Minister. Malina Krumova, the third deputy, is Minister for E.U. Funds. The fourth Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for the Preparation of Bulgaria’s E.U. Presidency is Denitsa Zlateva.

An additional fifteen ministers will be part of the caretaker government as well, including Plamen Ozonov as Interior Minister, Kiril Ananiev as Finance Minister and Radi Naidenov as Foreign Minister. Maria Pavlova will be Justice Minister.

A list of all ministers, along with their CVs, can be found at The Sofia Globe.

The interim government’s main task is to prepare the parliamentary elections, which are set for March 26th, 2017.

According to a new poll by Alpha Research, GERB, the party of outgoing Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, has the support of 32.6 percent of Bulgarian voters, while the Socialists can count on 28.8 percent. Details on this poll can be found at The Sofia Globe as well.

By im.

Photo by BNT. Source: Youtube.

 

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