Tsvetanov: Talks on a possible new Bulgarian government have failed

Bulgaria’s current Parliament will not be able to elect a government and the country will go to early elections, GERB parliamentary leader Tsvetan Tsvetanov said on December 20.

Tsvetanov was a participant on behalf of Boiko Borissov’s party in negotiations with the Reformist Bloc, current holder of the third and final mandate to try to form a government, and the nationalist Patriotic Front.

The exploratory mandate would be returned to President Rossen Plevneliev, Tsvetanov said.

The GERB parliamentary leader said that there were differences on which participants in the negotiations had been unable to reach consensus.

Talks among the three parliamentary groups, participants in the coalition government deal of November 2014, continued for more than two hours on December 20. They had been intended to clear up policy differences and come up with a candidate Prime Minister, but ended without result.

The constitution of Bulgaria provides that if all three exploratory mandates on forming a government produce no result, the President must appoint a caretaker cabinet.

When Roumen Radev takes office as President on January 22, he will be empowered to dissolve the National Assembly and decree a date for early parliamentary elections.




The Sofia Globe staff

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