Politics | July 17, 2001, Tuesday // 00:00

`The King`s movement and the Movement for Rights and Freedoms reached an agreement Tuesday for coalition governance of the country`, the movement`s floor leader Plamen Panayotov announced. It includes consensus on the priorities in the country`s governance and on the future structure of the Council of Ministers, he said, adding that a state administration ministry will be created and the agencies on sports and youth and on energy and energy resources will be transformed into ministries. MRF leader Ahmet Dogan said the names of the future ministers will most likely be announced on Friday as well as the names of the deputy prime ministers, whose number under the agreed formula will be three. The agreement will be signed officially on Friday, 1 p.m. No additional information will be announced till then. The chairperson positions of standing parliamentary committees were also agreed. SNM MPs will head the committees on economic policy, budget and finance, legal matters, foreign and national security policy, internal security and public order, agriculture and forests, education and science, on health care, on energy, on Euro-integration, on transport and telecommunications, on civil society matters and on media. As coalition partners the MRF MPs will head the committee on local self-government, regional policy and public works, labour and social policy and environment. The opposition UtDF MPs got the right to head two commissions-on children, youth and sports, and the commission on human rights. Coalition for Bulgaria MPs will head the committees on culture and on public complaints and petitions.


The 10th post-1989 cabinet will be the first in which MRF will be represented in pursuance of a coalition agreement. A cabinet was formed in the autumn of 1992 on MRF`s mandate headed by Lyuben Berov. It remained in office until October 1994 but was described as a government of civil experts.
Nine of the post-1989 cabinets were socialist: two consecutive cabinets in 1990 headed by Andrei Lukanov and a 1995-1997 cabinet headed by Zhan Videnov; two involved the Union of Democratic Forces (UDF): the 1992 cabinet of Filip Dimitrov and the 1997-2001 cabinet of Ivan Kostov and the UtdDF (UDF+Popular Union); there were also two caretaker cabinets: of Reneta Indjova (1994-1995) and Stefan Sofianski (February-May 1997).
There has also been one coalition government: the 1990-1991 cabinet of Dimitur Popov, which was formed under an agreement between the political forces in the Grand National Assembly.
MRF was created in 1990 as a party of the ethnic Turks in Bulgaria and quickly became the country`s third political force after UDF and BSP. It has been represented in all parliaments since 1989.
Filip Dimitrov`s cabinet was formed with MRF`s support. However, very soon a rift formed between the two parties and MRF withdrew its support causing the ouster of the UDF cabinet.
With its inclusion in the current government, MRF has relinquished its role of a balancing force between the UDF and BSP, which it has played of its own accord in the past 10 years. Simeon Saxe-Coburg`s arrival on the political scene made the bipolar model redundant, Dogan said after the former announced his political intentions in April 2001.

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