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Bulgarian President Radev says early parliamentary elections likely on July 11

President Rumen Radev Wednesday said early parliamentary elections were likely to be held on July 11. Next week he will dissolve the 45th National Assembly elected on April 4 and will appoint a caretaker cabinet.

Sofia, 5 May 2021 (BTA/MIA) — President Rumen Radev Wednesday said early parliamentary elections were likely to be held on July 11. Next week he will dissolve the 45th National Assembly elected on April 4 and will appoint a caretaker cabinet.

This announcement came after Radev presented the third, and last, cabinet-forming mandate to the parliamentary group of BSP for Bulgaria, which returned it promptly in line with a decision of its National Council.

Radev warned: “It is clear in this situation that we are heading for a dissolution of Parliament and the scheduling of early elections, but if they lead to the same stalemate and a cabinet cannot be formed, Bulgaria may end up in a political as well as a constitutional crisis.”

He urged the political parties and coalitions to sort out their priorities, rethink their conduct and seek unity of action for the sake of Bulgaria’s urgent agenda: restoration of the democratic institutions, rule of law, fighting the pandemic, bankruptcies and poverty.

Radev said the months ahead would be very intense and the presidential institution would perform very responsibly its constitutional role as a guarantor of stability amid the dynamic developments.

“We should act responsibly and efficiently to avoid chaos in the upcoming elections,” said the President. To this end, he has decided that the new Central Election Commission should start work as soon as the National Assembly is dissolved and the general elections are scheduled. The decree on Parliament’s dissolution is expected to be issued on May 11.

A caretaker government must be made up of respected experts who, despite their political predilections, will rally around an important objective – the holding of fair elections and governing the country in difficult times, said Radev.

He is planning to invite recognized left-wing experts, who accomplished their mission in the caretaker government he appointed in 2017.

The President said he appreciated highly that the Bulgarian Socialist Party decided against forming an expert, programmatic or another type of government because Bulgaria needs a resolute political alternative which the present Parliament failed to produce.

BSP for Bulgaria Floor Leader Kornelia Ninova said they were in favor of a government that would solve several important issues: approve social policies to help people and business-support measures, prepare the Recovery and Resilience Plan, and launch a real scrutiny leading to the dismantling of “the Borissov model”.

She added that BSP for Bulgaria reached out to There Is Such a People but they rejected the extended hand.

The GERB-UDF coalition, which won 75 seats in the 240-seat Parliament, returned the exploratory mandate on April 23 after failing to secure support for its proposed cabinet. The second-largest parliamentary group, There Is Such a People, which has 51 MPs, returned the mandate upon receiving it on April 28.

The Administration of the President worked hard during the Easter holidays to prepare the rules and the required documents, said Radev, who will hold consultations with the parliamentary forces about their nominations to the CEC on Wednesday. The nominees will be given a public hearing on May 7.

BSP for Bulgaria received and returned the cabinet-forming mandate against the backdrop of two rallies in front of the building of the President’s Administration – one against Radev and the adopted revisions to the electoral legislation, and the other against the outgoing government of Prime Minister Boyko Borissov. The rallies were held amid tight police presence.

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