GERB Party Leader Warns of Risk of Failure to Form Govt after Oct 5 Elections
Boyko Borisov, leader of center-right party GERB (Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria), has insisted that the party will not try to form a coalition government or participate in such a format.
Speaking Thursday in an interview for the morning broadcast of bTV, he said that he would face the task of seeking an exit from the state of crisis for the country if GERB won 110-115 seats in Parliament at the upcoming early elections, while in the case of less than 100 MPs, he would stand by and watch the other parties form a government, supporting them from the sidelines.
He predicted that there was a strong probability of a failure to form a government after the elections on October 5, followed by new elections.
Borisov, as cited by dnevnik.bg, urged massive voter turnout.
The leader of center-right party GERB warned of the significant risk of a failure to form a government or of establishing a short-lived coalition Cabinet which would devastate the country in a month or two.
“It is absolutely possible for Bulgaria to face new elections after the upcoming ones,” Borisov stated.
He said that he found it impossible to imagine a scenario involving a large number of smaller parties entering Parliament and a “four-way coalition government of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), liberal party Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS), the Bulgaria without Censorship party, and, possibly The Reformist Bloc.”
Borisov declared that he had always seen right-wing formation The Reformist Bloc as a main partner and that it was the only entity with which GERB would form a coalition government, adding that the right-wingers had become too preoccupied with GERB as of late, forgetting to criticize BSP.
As regards the case of the Corporate Commercial Bank (KTB, Corpbank), which has been under the control of the Bulgarian National Bank (BNB) since June, together with a recently-acquired subsidiary, due to a bank run, Borisov accused BNB of criminal negligence towards KTB.
Borisov argued that the depositors of KTB should have been given access to their money long ago.
He suggested that BNB Governor Ivan Iskrov should have handed his resignation long ago.
As regards Wednesday’s powerful blast at the privately-owned explosives plant in the northwestern village of Gorni Lom, which is likely to have resulted in up to 15 fatalities, Borisov recommended a radical approach consisting of terminating the license of such factories upon the registration of the very first breach of safety rules.
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