Lack of Parliament Quorum Defers No-Confidence Vote on Bulgarian Cabinet
No quorum for Friday's sitting, caused by the opposition's absence, led to Bulgarian Parliament Speaker Mihail Mikov closing plenary.
MPs were scheduled to vote on a motion for Mikov's dismissal, and a no-confidence vote against the cabinet of PM Plamen Oresharski.
Both were filed by MPs from former ruling party GERB.
However, GERB decided not to register for debates Wednesday and Thursday.
They chose to do the same move for the vote Friday.
After two counts, only 111 of Bulgaria's 240 MPs were registered as present for the Friday sitting.
GERB MPs were around, hanging out in the corridors, but did not formally register.
Nationalists Ataka were also absent from plenary this week, allegedly due to a trip to Brussels.
Thus only the ruling Bulgarian Socialist Party and Movement for Rights and Freedoms, took part in proceedings in the last days.
GERB has already filed a second no-confidence motion, with the same motives.
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So they should turn up, vote in the No Confidence motion and be duly defeated, thanks to Siderov's casting vote? The current "government" could then show that it has the confidence of its supporters (Quelle Surprise!) and the opposition has demonstrated that they lack the numbers to force the vote through.
It's much better to propose such a vote and then demonstrate just how hollow the whole process is in an attempt to focus the voters' minds (those who don't vote in the interests of their wallets) on just where they want the political process to go and why it's important to vote next time. It brings shame and unease on the whole country to be ruled by thieves and crooks, especially ones who've already been voted out of power due to their scandalous antics.
Urging GERB to "oppose" means nothing - the majority of thinking voters also oppose this bunch of self-serving charlatans but just what does that achieve in these circumstances?