President 'Not Entitled' to Assign Tasks to Gov't - Deputy Speaker
Outgoing Deputy Parliament Speaker Maya Manolova has criticized Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev over his actions on appointing the caretaker government.
"Bulgaria is not a presidential republic," regardless of Plevneliev's desires, and will "perhaps never become one," Manolova said in an interview with private national channel bTV's breakfast show.
"Bulgaria is a parliamentary republic and the president does not have competences to give specific tasks to any government, the interim [cabinet] included. This was a very aggressive speech," the socialist member added.
She was referring to President Plevneliev's speech on Tuesday, when he revealed the names of ministers in the caretaker government that is due to take over Wednesday.
Plevneliev then set out the priorities of the interim cabinet, the members of which he and his administration had chose, as tackling core issues in the economy and finance, improving EU funds management and polishing Bulgaria's immage as an EU and NATO state.
Bulgaria's Constitution does not mention any presidential rights to such actions, but does not explicitly prohibit them.
The outgoing Deputy Speaker, on the other hand, has been a long-standing critic of the current President.
Commenting on Plevneliev's words echoed by the new Prime Minister, Constitutional Law professor Georgi Bliznashki, Manolova expressed her concern that their speech "was more appropriate at the start of an election campaign or the start of Plevneliev's campaign for a second term in office, because it does not correspond to the action of "appointing a caretaker government".
Manolova also summarized the activities of the 42nd National Assembly to be dissolved later on Wednesday by saying it had been the first Parliament where legislative process had been "open to Bulgarian citizens", with the latter having participated in a number of debates and the creation of draft bills "for the first time" in the country's history.
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I couldn't resist sharing this little exerp from the Sofia Globe under the heading "Bulgaria's 'short parliament' comes to an end".
"The most locquacious was Maya Manolova of the BSP, who also occupied one of the deputy speaker’s chair and as the 42nd National Assembly headed for its demise, mounted a failed bid to succeed Stanishev as leader of the BSP. In all, Manolova talked for 21 hours, 52 minutes and 21 second and made 672 speeches, according to an NGO that independently monitors parliamentary performances".
I'm so glad that this wretched little windbag has been put back into her place and needs to stay there permanently. Hopefully we won't have to put up with or see her ugly mug for quite some time if ever.