Bulgarian President refuses to meet ruling majority over standoff on ministerial appointment

Bulgarian President Roumen Radev said on September 17 that he was refusing to meet representatives of the governing majority to discuss the situation that has arisen from his not signing a decree that would open the way for the appointment of a new interior minister.

This is the latest episode in the tensions between Radev, who was elected on a ticket backed by the opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party, and Prime Minister Boiko Borissov’s government.

On August 31, three cabinet ministers, including the interior minister, submitted their resignations after the Svoge bus crash disaster, in which 17 people died in the worst such bus accident in Bulgaria in more than a decade.

The nominee to replace outgoing Interior Minister Valentin Radev is the ministry’s current chief secretary, Mladen Marinov.

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