Bulgarian MPs Start Debate on No-Confidence Vote after Parliamentary Procedure Trick
Boyko Borisov, former Prime Minister and leader of center-right party GERB (Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria) has threatened to address the Constitutional Court (KS) about the opening of Thursday's sitting without an electronic registration.
The opening of Thursday's sitting without a prior electronic registration caused the GERB leader to threaten that the center-right formation would refer the breach of the Parliament's rules of procedure to the Constitutional Court.
Borisov, as cited by dnevnik.bg, told journalists that GERB MPs would not take part in the work of Parliament on Thursday because the sitting was not supposed to take place at all.
He added that he would request the resignation of Parliament Speaker Mihail Mikov.
The plenary sitting started after a 30-minute break declared due to the lack of a quorum, despite the fact that the MPs of three parliamentary groups, GERB, the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) and the ethnic Turkish Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) were in attendance.
The members of the parliamentary group of nationalist party Ataka are on a visit to Brussels.
After the 30-minute break, Mikov asked the quaestors to count the MPs in the hall because it was obvious that they were "enough" and declared the sitting open, despite the protests of GERB that the rules of procedure required electronic registration.
As a result, the debates on the no-confidence motion started.
On Thursday, for a second day in a row, GERB MPs refused to register for voting, thereby blocking the parliament sitting on the no-confidence motion they initiated a week ago over the failed investment planning policy of the socialist-led coalition government.
In order for a no-confidence motion to pass, it has to be supported by 121 MPs. The Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) and the ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) have 120 MPs, but DPS member Delyan Peevski is not taking part in the work of the Parliament due to his undecided MP status after his controversial appointment as Chair of the State Agency for National Security (DANS) was revoked by Parliament five days after its approval on June 14.
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