Bulgarian Professor – It's Good That First Sitting of New Parliament Will Be In Old Building
According to the expert in constitutional law Prof. Plamen Kirov the decision to hold the first sitting of the 45th parliament in the old building is a good one. However, it is likely to spark controversy over where parliament should sit in principle.
"It is a matter of historical tradition and it is good that the opening of the first session or on other solemn occasions the sessions are held in the historic building of the parliament, but it seems to me that there will be fruitless disputes about where the parliament should be sitting in general, because we currently have two plenary halls” the professor said.
He pointed out that before the consultations with the President, the parliamentary groups must first be formed and then the current government must formally resign before the National Assembly.
Only then will the procedure for forming a new government begin and consultations with the president can start immediately, Kirov said.
According to him, it is mandatory to elect a President of the Parliament tomorrow, as the role of the oldest MP is to open the first solemn sitting, to chair the swearing-in ceremony and the procedure for electing a President of the National Assembly.
MPs who are ill and under quarantine may participate remotely in taking the oath, but for this purpose at the first sitting the National Assembly must adopt a special decision to continue the validity of the decisions of the previous National Assembly.
The other option is to take the oath later, the professor of constitutional law explained.
According to him, if the absentees do not take the oath at this first sitting, it could affect the decision-making process for the election of a President of the National Assembly.
Kirov explained that traditionally the largest parliamentary group nominates a parliamentary speaker, but there were precedents when the president of parliament was nominated by other parliamentary groups depending on what majority was achieved and what consensus was reached in the emerging parliamentary groups.
It is likely that all parties and coalitions that have hurdled the 4% barrier will form independent parliamentary groups, and it is unlikely that the 45th parliament will adopt its own rules of procedure at its first session, added the professor.
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