Bulgaria’s MPs voted on July 31 to extend the Parliament session by two days and will start their summer recess on August 5.
Parliament bylaws stipulate that the summer recess starts on August 1 and ends on August 31. However, the two parties in the ruling coalition – the socialists and the ethnic Turk Movement for Rights and Freedoms – voted to extend the current session by two days, August 1-2.
This will allow MPs to continue discussing the second reading of the Budget revision put forth by the Plamen Oresharski government. The debate on July 31 concluded without a vote on the revision, with Parliament interrupting the discussion to vote on the recess.
The ruling majority rejected the motion put forth by opposition party GERB, which suggested that the start of the summer recess is delayed further, allowing MPs to discuss amendments to the electoral legislation on August 5.
The motion to start the summer recess on August 5 passed with 102 votes in favour, 75 against and two abstentions.
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