Bulgaria to Hold Early Elections on May 12
Bulgaria's President Rosen Plevneliev has set a date for early elections, May 12 2013.
The scenario of early elections is expected to take place after the third biggest party in Parliament, the ethnic Turkish Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) party returns the mandate to form an interim government.
Center-right party GERB and the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) have already returned the mandate to form an interim government.
DPS is also expected to turn down the proposal to form an interim government, after which Plevneliev will have to form a caretaker government, issue a decree for the dissolution of Parliament and name a date for the elections in the same document.
Speaking Thursday in Parliament in an address to the nation, Plevneliev said that he would not allow early elections without the necessary preparations at the Central Electoral Commission or during the Easter holidays.
Bulgaria's center-right GERB government resigned on February 20 amid mass protests against high electricity bills and low wages.
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