Politics | July 5, 2001, Thursday // 00:00

`The most important task for the 39th National Assembly is making sure Bulgaria joins NATO in 2002 and if that is achieved this Parliament will ensure a place for itself in the history books`, President Peter Stoyanov said in his address at the convocation of the new legislature. Stoyanov wished that the new MPs would continue the market economy reform so that every Bulgarian can feel these successes in their pocket. This parliament will begin work with a great confidence credit, Stoyanov said, wishing the new incumbents that at the end of their term in office their supporters could say their hopes have been fulfilled. Stoyanov told the MPs from the Simeon II National Movement, the formation that won half of the 240 parliamentary seats at the recent elections, that the success of this parliament depends on their political behaviour. `You have a solid base to step on-a consensus between all political forces on the most important domestic and foreign policy priorities and good macro-economic and fiscal stability, and you have all the good reasons to continue these successes in the name of your supporters and the entire nation`, Stoyanov said. He thanked the outgoing incumbents from the United Democratic Forces for the successes they achieved during their four years in office and the Movement for Rights and Freedoms and Bulgarian Socialist Party MPs for being a constructive opposition in the previous parliament.

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