Bulgaria’s parliament lasted only 57 days and was dissolved again by the president. Rumen Radew has appointed a provisional government that will exercise power until the next elections in November.
Stefan Janew was again at the head of the provisional government. His new cabinet was not joined by the popular former finance and economy ministers, Asen Vasilev and Kiril Petkov, who intend to create a new centrist party.
After the dissolution of the parliament in Bulgaria, which failed to form a government, the election campaign begins. On November 14, both presidential and parliamentary elections will be held. The favorite of the former is Rumen Radew, who is currently running for re-election, with 60 percent of the vote.
Achievements of the current cabinet
While enumerating the achievements of the previous interim government, President Radew mentioned the effective fight against corruption, the conduct of fair elections with the practical elimination of the vote-buying procedure, and an increase in pensions and social benefits. He warned that during the next election campaign, attacks on the government will be even stronger than in previous months.
The new interim government is to submit to Brussels a national plan to use EU funds to rebuild the economy hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as help the country fight the increase in new infections and the possible arrival of migrants from Afghanistan, Reuters agency commented on Thursday’s event in Sofia.
Third election this year
After the dissolution of parliament, the agency Alpha Research conducted a survey on the work of the chamber. According to 62 percent of respondents, none of the six parties present in it pursued a responsible policy.
The electorates of the old parties – the left, the party of former prime minister Boyko Borisov GERB and the Turkish Movement for Rights and Freedoms – do not intend to change their political sympathies. Half of the electorate may be lost by the winner of the previous elections, the populist group of the showman Sławi Trifonowa Jest Such Nation due to its behavior after the previous elections and reluctance to build a coalition.
November’s parliamentary elections will be the third in Bulgaria this year. The parliaments elected after the April and July elections consisted of six parties, but neither had a majority to form a government. A coalition was also not formed.
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