Author: Gašper Završnik
Bulgaria could soon hold parliamentary elections after outgoing Prime Minister Boyko Borisov on Friday refused to form a government, AFP reported.
“I will not propose to form a new government and I hand back the mandate,” Borisov told President Rosen Plevneliev at a ceremony in Sofia.
Borisov is leader of the center-right GERB, the largest party in the parliament. He resigned from the prime minister’s post in November after his party’s candidate, Tsetska Tsacheva, was defeated in the runoff of a presidential election by a pro-Russian candidate, Rumen Radev, who is backed the opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP).
Borisov’s resignation spurred political instability since no other party in the parliament can form a government without the backing of his GERB.
Plevneliev will reportedly ask a BSP–Left Bulgaria coalition to form the next government. The coalition partners have already said they would call a snap election.
The vote is expected to be held in late March at the earliest.