Bulgarian MPs Elect 2 Constitutional Judges
The Members of the Bulgarian Parliament elected Wednesday the two Constitutional judges from their quota.
They are Anastas Anastasov, Deputy Speaker of the Parliament from the ruling, center-right Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB and the Deputy Chair of the Supreme Administrative Court, VAS, Veneta Markovska.
Anastasov's nomination was voted by a total of 131 MPs, of which one was against and 8 abstained. Out of the 131, 94 were from GERB, 9 from the opposition left-wing Coalition for Bulgaria, led by the Bulgarian Socialist Party, BSP, 4 were from the opposition right-wing Blue Coalition and 5 from the far-right, nationalist Ataka.
157 MPs voted for Markovska with 127 for, 13 against and 13 abstained. 87 were from GERB, 10 from Coalition for Bulgaria, 21 from the opposition, ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms, DPS, 11 from the Blue Coalition, 5 from Ataka and 19 independent MPs.
The other two nominations – of another Deputy Speaker of the Parliament, Ekaterina Mihaylova from the Blue Coalition, and of the Supreme Court of Cassations judge, Tatyana Varbanova, failed to receive the needed quorum.
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