Politics | July 6, 2001, Friday // 00:00

The first official consultations between President Peter Stoyanov and representatives of the Simeon II National Movement coalition (SNM) on the formation of the future cabinet lasted an hour and a half. SNM was represented by the coalition`s leader Simeon Saxe-Coburg, National Assembly Chairman Yordan Gerdzhikov and SNM floor leader Plamen Panayotov. In a very brief statement for the media Simeon II said that the meeting discussed procedural issues and that more consultations will be held next Thursday. Simeon II would not answer journalist questions. Speaking before journalists Stoyanov, said that the formation of the cabinet is a constitutional and political trial for each new majority, irrespective of how many MPs it has. Stoyanov`s consultations with the United Democratic Forces are scheduled for Monday morning.

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