It’s a deal: Agreement on Bulgaria’s coalition government signed

Boiko Borissov, leader of the largest party in Bulgaria’s new Parliament, and the leaders of the centre-right coalition Reformist Bloc signed a coalition cabinet deal at a ceremony in the National Assembly building on November 6 2014.

Borissov signed for GERB, while the leaders of the Reformist Bloc’s constituent parties added their signatures: Meglena Kouneva, Radan Kanev, Bozhidar Lukarski, Korman Ismailov, Nikolia Nenchev and Borislav Velikov.

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This was followed by declarations by the nationalist Patriotic Front and socialist breakaway ABC, and then was followed by a joint expedition by the leaders of all four formations to President Rossen Plevneliev to give notice that Borissov, prime minister-designate, was ready to present a proposed cabinet for a vote in Parliament.

President Rossen Plevneliev and Prime Minister-designate Boiko Borissov, November 6 2014.
President Rossen Plevneliev and Prime Minister-designate Boiko Borissov, November 6 2014.

The signing and declarations of support took place a month and a day after Bulgaria’s held early parliamentary elections.

plevneliev november 6 2014 mandate with borissov and reformist bloc and kalfin

Borissov said that “tremendous efforts” had been made and thanked all negotiating teams. More than 10 times, “we were on the verge of going to new elections,” he said.

Borissov and ABC leader Georgi Purvanov
Borissov and ABC leader Georgi Purvanov

The names of the cabinet were expected to be announced after the meeting with Plevneliev. The cabinet is to be put to the vote in the National Assembly on November 7.

President Plevneliev said that he would decree the same day the proposal on the cabinet so that Parliament could debate and vote on it.

In the 240-seat Parliament, GERB has 84 MPs, the Reformist Bloc 23, the Patriotic Front 19 and ABC 11 – in all, 137 MPs.



The Sofia Globe staff

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