Bulgaria’s MRF threatens no-confidence vote

The opposition Movement for Rights and Freedoms is seeking to seize the stage in the opening weeks of Bulgaria’s political year, claiming “political repression” and threatening a vote of no confidence in Boiko Borissov’s cabinet unless Borissov fires Health minister Petar Moskov (photo).

Borissov has publicly backed Moskov, whom the MRF accuses of racism, and it appears improbable that the MRF could muster sufficient votes to win a vote of no confidence in the centre-right coalition cabinet that took office in November 2014.

Apart from those parties linked to the ruling coalition, the opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party and minority ultra-nationalists Ataka said on January 22 that they would not back the MRF motion of no confidence.

But 2015 is an election year too, with Bulgaria’s cities, towns and villages to elect mayors and municipal councillors in the autumn, so all parties are vying for headlines.

With no new issue on the horizon, the MRF has revived one from late 2014, comments by Moskov – a medical doctor and a member of the cabinet minority partner Reformist Bloc – about restricting emergency medical service responses in areas where there was a track record of medics being attacked. That he mentioned Roma areas in making this statement caused a political thunderstorm.

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