Bid for talks on tasks of Bulgaria’s outgoing parliament faces opposition boycott

As it heads into its final few weeks, a question marks hangs over what if anything Bulgaria’s National Assembly will do, as the latest attempt to negotiate its tasks faces a boycott, this time by Boiko Borissov’s centre-right opposition party GERB.

Bulgaria is to hold ahead-of-term national parliamentary elections on October 5 and the National Assembly is to be dissolved on August 6. There is no confirmed date for the resignation of the Bulgarian Socialist Party cabinet, although there have been hints the date may be July 23, two days before the latest date that the government must step down.

There have been several attempts and calls for political parties represented in the 42nd National Assembly to agree on priorities for the unicameral Parliament to deal with before it is prorogued.

There was formal agreement at a meeting convened by head of state President Rossen Plevneliev in June on talks to achieve such a consensus, but amid the acrimonious atmosphere of today’s Bulgarian politics, nothing so far has come of this, as each move tends to end in accusations, mainly from Borissov, of reneging on deals.

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