Bulgarian opposition outraged by rule against insulting PM, cabinet ministers

The opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party says it considering mounting a Constitutional Court challenge to a new rule enabling the Speaker to suspend MPs who insult the Prime Minister, cabinet ministers, President or Vice President.

The rule was voted on November 21 as the recently-elected 43rd National Assembly completed approval of its rules of procedure.

It empowers the Speaker to suspend from more than one but no more than three sittings of the House any MP who “insults” the head of government, head of state or other senior state office-bearers.

The leader of the BSP, Mihail Mikov – who was Speaker of the 42nd National Assembly – said that the rule set back Bulgaria by a century, to the time of Tsar Ferdinand and Alexander Stamboliiski and was an “absolute violation of the constitution”.

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