Cornelia Nenova, leader of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), who could not form a government in Bulgaria, returned the position to President Rumen Radev.
The failure of the BSP, which has 24 deputies in the 240-seat Bulgarian parliament, to form a government paved the way for the country’s fifth general election in the past two years.
At the ceremony held at the Presidency of the Republic, Nenova indicated that her party in charge of forming the cabinet in the 48th Parliament did its best and said: “As the party, we have presented 4 main priorities to other parties. These include Bulgaria’s accession to the Schengen area, and the adoption of the necessary laws regarding the plan Development and sustainability, and voting on the 2023 budget and reforms of the justice system. We called on all parties to negotiations. We realized that we would not be able to obtain the necessary support to form the government from the positions of the parties that participated and did not participate in the negotiations. He said.
President Radev appreciated the BSP’s efforts in the difficult political environment the country is going through and said, “After my meeting with the Central Election Commission (ZIK) regarding the preparations for the elections, I will announce my decision to dissolve Parliament and set a date for new early elections.” He said.
Citizens for European Development in Bulgaria (GERB) led by former Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, whom Radev had previously commissioned to form the government, and the Pursue Change Party (PP), also headed by former Prime Minister Kirill Petkov. , also failed.
Radev announced that he would set a date for early elections in March if a government could not be formed in the country.
History of political instability in Bulgaria
The political crisis in Bulgaria began in the 45th parliamentary session formed after the general elections in April 2021.
Unable to reach a consensus on the formation of the government between the parties, Bulgarian voters went to the polls for early elections three times in July and November 2021 and also in October 2022.
Since April 2021, no government has been formed that enjoys confidence in Parliament, and the country is governed by provisional governments formed by Radev.
At the time of the intervention, Radev appointed different political parties with representation in Parliament 12 times to form the government, but the political efforts of these parties did not yield results.
In Bulgaria, within the constitutional framework, the president first tasks the two largest parties in parliament with forming the government, respectively.
If these parties fail, the president assigns a third political party to form the government according to his choice. If all three attempts fail, the country goes to snap elections again.
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