Bulgaria facing new parliamentary elections

Author: Gašper Završnik

Posted: 02/12/2016


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.

Source: http://www.politico.eu/ article/bulgaria-facing-new- parliamentary-elections/