Bulgaria President: Referendum Likely alongside Local Vote
Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev has said he is planning to hold an address to the nation to set a date and a list of questions for an upcoming referendum on voting rules.
Plevneliev has told reporters he is working together with Parliament to find a viable solution so that the vote takes place along with local vote for mayors and municipal councilors this autumn.
"Not only I and a number of political parties, but also the Bulgarian people stood behind the three questions which were posed, and unfortunately the idea of a national poll was rejected by the previous National Assembly," the head of state has noted after the opening on an international event dedicated to the Antarctic bringing together officials and scientists from across the globe.
In his words, only some details remain to be addressed in the questions, though he has declined to say if they will be the same as the ones put forward (and turned down) last year: the introduction of majority system for half of the MPs, making it compulsory to vote, and e-voting.
On Sunday an official suggested the referendum would take place along with the local vote.
Focus News Agency meanwhile quotes the President as saying there is "broad political consensus" as to the date of the local elections. However, he has apparently refused to elaborate.
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