PM TO BE NOMINATED THIS WEEK

Politics | July 9, 2001, Monday // 00:00

`The Prime Minister will be nominated by the end of the week`, Speaker of Parliament Ognyan Gerdzhikov told journalists on Monday. `At the very end of the week President Stoyanov is expected to give a mandate for a government to be formed`, he said. The new ministers must be nominated within seven days after that. In line with the Constitution, Stoyanov is currently holding consultations with the parliamentary forces prior to giving a mandate to a Prime Minister nominated by the winner in the elections, the Simeon II National Movement (SNM). Meanwhile, the SNM is holding further consultations with the Movement for Rights and Freedoms on the formation of the new government. Ambassador Ask was the first official to meet with Gerdzhikov. Gerdzhikov said there was something symbolic in their meeting because the visa requirement for Bulgarians was abolished under the Swedish presidency of the EU. `Sweden will help Bulgaria make faster progress to the EU`, the ambassador said. `Bulgaria will be more investor-friendly to foreign investors as well, once the respective laws are amended. It would be hard to achieve the desired economic growth without foreign investors`, Gerdzhikov said.

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