In Bulgaria, the Bulgarian Socialist Party, which was tasked by President Rumen Radev to form the government, was unable to reach an agreement. Early general elections are expected in the country in two months.
After the Bulgarian elections in October, the government formation process failed.
Bulgarian President Rumen Radev gave the mandate to form the government to the head of the Bulgarian Socialist Party, Cornelia Nenova. The head of the Socialists, Kornelia Ninova, has invited the leaders of all parties to a meeting today under the title “Meeting of the Leaders”. Only three party leaders from Parliament, which has seven parties, sat at the negotiating table with the BSP today. Although the personal arrival of the leader of the National Liberation Party, Boyko Borissov, who has not been a member of parliament for two years, created the impression that “the government is looking forward to partnership”, the parties were unable to come to an agreement.
Mustafa Karadi, leader of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms, said that the country will hold new early general elections due to the absence of other party leaders, and said, “We are going to early general elections. The next assembly will be similar to the previous four. Once again, the number of two parties will not be sufficient to form the government.” “Dialogue is still required. This is not the time for ultimatums and conditional dialogue. We cannot overcome any crisis without resolving the political crisis that we have been witnessing for three years.”
The BSP will hand back the mandate to form the government to President Radev on Tuesday. In a statement issued by the Presidency Press Center, it was reported that Romain Radev will receive representatives of the BSP on Tuesday, January 24 and will restore his authority to form the Cabinet. On Tuesday, President Rumen Radev is expected to dissolve the current 48th National Assembly, appoint an interim government, and schedule early general elections within two months at the latest. New elections are expected in late March or early April.
How did the political crisis begin?
In Bulgaria, on June 22, the coalition government led by Prime Minister Kirill Petkov lost a vote of confidence in parliament. The political crisis that began after the fall of the government was exacerbated when the other parties in Parliament were tasked with forming the government, but they failed. After failing to form a government in the country, re-elections were held on October 2. Although President Radev assigned the task of forming a government to the Citizens’ Initiative for the European Future of Bulgaria party, which finished first in the elections held on 2 October, the GERB could not form a government. The President later assigned this task to the We Keep Change coalition. The Continuous Change Party was also unable to form a government.
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