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Bulgarian President mandates GERB-UDF coalition to form cabinet

Bulgarian President Rumen Radev Tuesday handed a cabinet-forming mandate to Daniel Mitov, the prime minister designated by GERB-UDF, the largest parliamentary group in the 45th National Assembly which, however, alone does not have a 121-vote majority to push it through.

Sofia, 20 April 2021 (BTA/MIA) – Bulgarian President Rumen Radev Tuesday handed a cabinet-forming mandate to Daniel Mitov, the prime minister designated by GERB-UDF, the largest parliamentary group in the 45th National Assembly which, however, alone does not have a 121-vote majority to push it through.

Given that the remaining five forces in the new Parliament have stated their decision not to support a GERB-UDF cabinet, it is unlikely that the mandate will succeed.

Radev told Mitov that he expects the Council of Ministers lineup that will be proposed “to live up to public expectations of justice, social commitment and economic growth”, a “government that will run the country effectively and lead it out of the present crisis”.

Mitov said Democratic Bulgaria will be the first to be invited by GERB-UDF officially for consultation and it is up to them to accept the invitation or not. There Is Such a People will also be invited. No support will be sought from BSP for Bulgaria or the Movement for Rights and Freedoms. Mitov said GERB-UDF will not delay the procedure and will do everything possible to hold the necessary talks.

He identified the COVID-19 crisis and the plans for economic recovery as the foremost priorities of the future government. He said the proposed cabinet membership is the result of a discussion between him and outgoing Prime Minister and GERB party leader Boyko Borissov.

Earlier on Tuesday, Borissov unveiled the cabinet members that the GERB-UDF coalition will propose to the 45th National Assembly: Prime Minister: Daniel Mitov; Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister: Roumen Hristov; Interior Minister: Mladen Marinov; Culture Minister: Kalin Velyov; Deputy Prime Minister in charge of EU Funds: Tomislav Donchev; Foreign Minister: Ekaterina Zaharieva; Labour and Social Policy Minister: Denitsa Sacheva; Regional Development and Public Works Minister: Alexander Ivanov; Justice Minister: Desislava Ahladova; Environment and Water Minister: Ivelina Vassileva; Agriculture, Food and Forestry Minister: Dessislava Taneva; Economy Minister: Zhechko Stankov; Energy Minister: Delyan Dobrev; Youth and Sports Minister: Krassen Kralev; Tourism Minister: Lyuben Dilov Jr.; Education and Science Minister: Krassimir Valchev; Health Minister: Kostadin Angelov; Finance Minister: Kiril Ananiev; Transport, Information Technology and Communications Minister: Rossen Jeliazkov.

Borissov said he expects provocations, so that there will be no elected government but rather a caretaker cabinet without a Parliament. “On Thursday we will say whether we have achieved anything or not,” he added.

Asked on Monday whether there is an option GERB giving up the idea of submitting a cabinet proposal, outgoing Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Donchev did not rule out this possibility. “We don’t want to waste time needlessly. The right thing for Bulgaria is to have a working government with solid parliamentary support as soon as possible, even if this implies for us to serve honestly in opposition,” he commented.

Under the Constitution, if GERB-UDF fail in their attempt to form a cabinet and/or have it approved by the legislature in seven days, the mandate will go to the second largest parliamentary group – There Is Such a People. If their prime minister designate is also unsuccessful within the same time limit, the President will mandate a third parliamentary group of his choice. Failing this, he will have to dissolve the National Assembly and appoint a caretaker cabinet to prepare and hold early parliamentary elections within two months.

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