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Bulgaria’s parliament passes vote of no confidence in government

Bulgaria’s parliament passes vote of no confidence in government

The Bulgarian parliament voted to pass a vote of no confidence in the coalition government.

The resignation was supported by 123 deputies, 115 voted against. According to the law, 121 parliamentarians had enough votes for a vote.

The initiators of this step were the deputies of the GERB party, headed by former Prime Minister Boyko Borisov. After consultations, other opposition forces joined them – Renaissance, There Is Such a People and the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS).
Following a no-confidence vote, the largest parliamentary coalition, Continue Changes led by Prime Minister Kiril Petkov, should be given a mandate to try again to form a council of ministers. In case of failure, the second mandate will be given to the GERB party. If her efforts turn out to be insufficient, President Rumen Radev himself will decide to whom in parliament to transfer the third mandate.

If, as a result of these procedures, the government is not formed, the head of state must dissolve the parliament, appoint an official cabinet and announce early elections.
In Bulgaria, in 2021, early parliamentary elections were held three times due to the impossibility of forming a government based on their results. It was only after the elections in November that the politicians managed to form a government coalition.

The opposition is dissatisfied with the financial and economic course of the coalition government, as well as its policy towards North Macedonia. They talk about rampant inflation that has caused the country’s citizens to lose about 15 billion leva (eight billion dollars). Due to the current situation, the Minister of Energy and the Foreign Minister left their posts earlier.