Lyutvi Mestan, leader of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms, called on Boiko Borissov’s GERB not to delay the process of electing a new cabinet.
Mestan was speaking on May 21 2013 at the first sitting of the newly-elected Parliament, the 42nd National Assembly.
His party, which placed third out of four to win seats in the National Assembly in the May 12 elections, has said repeatedly that it would not back a cabinet proposed by GERB, which won the largest share of seats but insufficient to get a cabinet approved in the face of opposition from the other three parties.
Mestan called on GERB not to use the full seven-day period allowed for the attempt to form a cabinet.
He asked Borissov why it wanted a seven-day exploratory mandate: “to buy MPs or awake social unrest”.
Mestan said that it would be better to be responsible towards Bulgarian citizens and work towards implementation of the second offer of a mandate to govern. (Procedurally, this would go to the second-largest party, the Bulgarian Socialist Party).
He said that there had been a winner in the elections “and that winner is political normalcy, democracy”.