SIMEON`S GOVERNMENT COMES INTO OFFICE

Politics | July 24, 2001, Tuesday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0

Parliament voted into office the government of Prime Minister Simeon Saxe-Coburg on Tuesday by a vote of 147 `for` to 50 `against`, with 41 abstentions. The United Democratic Forces coalition said it could not support a government including representatives of the Socialist Party, and the left-wing Coalition for Bulgaria said it would refrain from voting. Saxe-Coburg was elected by a vote of 141 `for` to 50 `against`, with 46 abstentions. At his request, the Prime Minister was sworn in the presence of Patriarch Maxim. The government was formed on the basis of a coalition agreement signed on Friday by the Simeon II National Movement and the Movement for Rights and Freedoms.

Composition of the Cabinet:

Prime Minister: Simeon Saxe-Coburg

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy: Nikolai Vassilev Vassilev

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Regional Development and Public Works: Kostadin Stoyanov Paskalev

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Labour and Social Policy: Lidia Santova Shouleva

Minister of Defence: Nikolai Avramov Svinarov

Minister of Foreign Affairs: Solomon Isak Passy

Minister of Finance: Milen Emilov Velchev

Minister of Internal Affairs: Georgi Petrov Petkanov

Minister of Justice: Anton Iliev Stankov

Minister of Education and Science: Vladimir Atanassov Atanassov

Minister of Agriculture and Forestry: Mehmed Mehmed Dikme

Minister of Transport and Communications: Plamen Vassilev Petrov

Minister of Health: Bozhidar Todorov Finkov

Minister of Culture: Bozhidar Zafirov Abrashev

Minister of the Environment and Waters: Dolores Borissova Arsenova

Minister of State Administration: Dimiter Georgiev Kalchev

Minister Without Portfolio: Nezhdet Ismail Mollov
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