Parliament Speaker: Coming Week to Be Pivotal for Bulgaria
Next week will be decisive regarding the political direction of Bulgaria in the close future, said Bulgarian Parliament Speaker Mihail Mikov.
"If parliament cannot hold sittings, the political crisis will deepen, and this can lead to early elections. Everybody must assume responsibility for this situation," said Mikov in an interview for Darik Radio.
The Parliament Speaker stressed that he has no means in his power to make MPs attend sittings, and that it is the responsibility of each individual MP to check in for work.
This week's Parliament proceedings were sabotaged by MPs from ruling party GERB and nationalists Ataka choosing not to register for sittings, thus leaving parliament without the quorum needed.
This all but cancelled the debate on a no-confidence vote on cabinet filed by GERB, and postponed the vote itself for next week.
"It is possible, but inadmissible for the no-confidence vote to not be held. At the moment when there is quorum, MPs must cast their votes for that, as well as on the motion for my stepping down," said Mikov.
Thursday, GERB MPs requested that the representative of the ruling Bulgarian Socialist Party withdraw over holding a plenary sitting only after a manual count of MPs present.
"In this situation, there is danger of an effectual suspending of Bulgaria's Constitution. The sabotaging of quorum in Parliament on the part of GERB sabotages the legislative's control over the executive," commented Mikov.
GERB's stated aim in this week's move is to show that as constituted, the current parliament and governing coalition lack adequate power levers and legitimacy.
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