Bulgaria’s MPs being herded from holidays overseas and at Black Sea for special sitting on budget veto

Members of Bulgaria’s Parliament are being summoned to return from holidays as far afield as Thailand, while others will travel to Sofia from Varna on a special charter flight, to attend a special sitting to respond to President Rossen Plevneliev’s veto of key elements of Budget amendments.

Bulgarian Socialist Party Speaker of Parliament Mihail Mikov earlier mentioned both August 14 and 16 as likely dates of the sitting, but as demands for clarity about the date grew, then said that not all leaders of parties in Parliament had responded to a request for their views on when the National Assembly should sit.

Boiko Borissov, leader of GERB – which is at once the largest party in Parliament and also is the opposition – insisted that the legislature should meet as soon as possible to respond to Plevneliev’s veto of key revenue, spending and borrowing provisions in the Budget amendments, which were approved by BSP and Movement for Rights and Freedoms MPs at the request of the BSP government.

According to media reports, MPs from the parties in power were scattered along beaches from the Greek coast all the way to Thailand.

MPs holidaying at the Euxinograd state holiday residence near Varna on the Black Sea coast, as well as other spots nearby Bulgaria’s premier seaside city, reportedly were told by SMS from the ruling parties to be ready to take an early-morning flight on August 16 from Varna to Sofia.

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