Luckily, No Messiah in Bulgaria's New Parliament - Ethnic Turks Leader
Luckily and for the first time Bulgaria’s parliament will not be dominated by a messiah, the ethnic Turks leader declared from the rostrum on Tuesday.
"Voters kicked out the center-right GERB party of Boyko Borisov, but refused to give the power to one particular party. Bulgarians voted on May 12 for democracy and rule of law. These are the true winners,” Lyutvi Mestan, leader of Bulgarian liberal party Movement for Rights and Freedoms, as the new parliament convened for its first session.
“Bulgaria’s new parliament has one top priority – to lead the country out of the crisis, brought on by the government of Boyko Borisov. The first step is the formation of new government,” Mestan said.
He reiterated that none of the other three parties in Parliament will back GERB as it scrambles to form a minority government, making sure it will fail to do so and the mandate is handed to the second-ranked Socialist party.
Bulgaria’s new parliament convened on May 21, paving the way for former Premier Boyko Borissov to form a minority Cabinet after his Gerb party won early elections last weekend.
Bulgaria headed to the polls on May 12 in early elections after the center-right administration of Boyko Borisov resigned following nationwide protests that turned violent.
The surprise resignation came after some of the largest demonstrations in the EU's poorest member since the collapse of communism two decades ago.
GERB party, which gained a slight lead in the early elections, but not enough to form a stable minority government, wants the results voided on the grounds of a legal violation.
On Saturday, a day before the elections, when by law electoral campaigning is forbidden, prosecutors announced they had raided a printing shop and found 350,000 illegally printed ballots in a printing house owned by a Gerb official.
The party claims its chances had been hurt by news conferences held by other parties in relation to the raid on Saturday.
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