Parliament Votes Proposed Changes in Bulgarian Cabinet Today

Politics | July 17, 2003, Thursday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0

Bulgaria's Parliament is to vote today the changes in the Cabinet that Prime Minister Simeon Saxe-Coburg proposed a day earlier with both of the main opposition parties - left-wing Coalition for Bulgaria and right-wing United Democratic Forces preparing a nay vote.

The prime minister is also expected to present to the lawmakers his reasons for sacking four ministers.

Late on Wednesday Oborishte Movement and the Bulgarian Women Party, Simeon II National Movement coalition partners, withdrew their support for the changes in Bulgaria's new Cabinet.

Refuting earlier statements the parties' leaders revised their position, complaining that Bulgarian Prime Minister Simeon Saxe-Coburg decided what changes to make in co-operation only with Ahmed Dogan, leader of junior ruling coalition partner Movement for Rights and Freedom.

Simeon Saxe-Coburg announced the personal and structural changes in the Cabinet July 16 after a meeting of the parliamentary group of the ruling party. It came right after a meeting of the political council of Simeon II National Movement.

Plamen Panayotov, former floor leader of ruling Simeon II National Movement, enters Bulgaria's Cabinet as deputy prime minister in charge of euro integration.

Lidia Shuleva and Nikolay Vassilev will keep their positions of deputy prime ministers. Shuleva, current Social Minister, will head the Economy Ministry, while Vassilev, current Economy Ministry, will be appointed Transport Minister.

Prime Minister Simeon Saxe-Coburg announced the personal and structural changes in the Cabinet July 16 after a meeting of the parliamentary group of the ruling party. It came right after a meeting of the political council of Simeon II National Movement.

Along with current Transport Minister Plamen Petrov, Health Care Minister Bozhidar Finkov and Education Minister Vladimir Atanassov also leave the Cabinet to be replaced by their deputies Slavcho Bogoev and Igor Damyanov respectively.

Nedjet Mollov, Minister without Portfolio, is to be replaced by Silistra deputy district governor Filiz Hyusmenova.

Hristina Hristova, current deputy Social Minister, will be promoted to head the ministry.

The announcement came in the wake of the prime minister's comments at the end of last week that the performance of the health care and education ministries do not meet the people's expectations.

The tourist sector will be taken out of the Economy Ministry to form an independent state agency.
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