Democratic Bulgaria Will Negotiate with ITN on Options for Government

Politics | April 15, 2021, Thursday // 12:40
Bulgaria: Democratic Bulgaria Will Negotiate with ITN on Options for Government

 The Coalition Democratic Bulgaria would hold talks with the second largest parliamentary represented party - "There are such a people" (ITN) led by Slavi Trifonov, about what kind of government could be nominated.

Democratic Bulgaria will not support GERB's cabinet. This was stated by the leader of Democratic Bulgaria Hristo Ivanov in the parliament during the opening of the first session of the parliament.

If Trifonov's party does not nominate a cabinet, Ivanov said his coalition is ready to discuss other actions so that the National Assembly can pass the most necessary laws before other elections are scheduled. Ivanov announced that his party would be submitting several packages of proposals for legislative changes. The most important one is related to the reform of the judiciary, as he stressed that the goal is to remove Chief Prosecutor Ivan Geshev from his position.

Democratic Bulgaria is collecting signatures for changes to the Constitution so that the chief prosecutor is placed under clear, democratic accountability by parliament, he stressed. There can be no more center of power that is not subject to democratic accountability, Ivanov commented.

"The “prosecutor's republic” creates an uncontrollable power of the chief prosecutor, allows him to decide who will receive real immunity from prosecution, who to be put under pressure, who to get freedom from responsibility to the law. There are people in this room here who have gone through this strainer, "he added.

 The party also aims at a decisive reform of the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC), where there will be a small parliamentary quota so that the public can participate in the personnel and administrative processes in the judiciary. The goal is a reformed prosecutor's office and a court cleared of corruption, Ivanov stressed. Ivanov pointed out that the question whether this will happen at all is responsibility of this National Assembly.

"The main thing that Bulgarian citizens want is rule of law, clear regulations, strong institutions so that the state can be modern, European, free - what the Revivalists bequeathed to us, these ideals.

This will not happen only with conversations in the corners, but requires legality, "he said.

According to him, this National Assembly will be able to complete only one of the tasks assigned to it - to remove Boyko Borissov, GERB and their allies DPS from power.

 The question is what else can be done by this Parliament.

 "Dividing lines are being drawn, unifying factors are being sought, but it is very important to focus on the tasks, to answer the question of whether this parliament deserves to exist," he commented.

 He also called for the start of the recovery and sustainability plan procedure and commented that the outgoing government's refusal to submit the plan with all its shortcomings was sabotage.

Ivanov accused GERB of fearing that the plan would face much criticism from the EC, but still called for it to be discussed.

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