Bulgaria's Opposition Socialists, Turks Move to Topple Borisov Cabinet

Politics » DOMESTIC | June 1, 2011, Wednesday // 14:44| Views: | Comments: 0
Bulgaria: Bulgaria's Opposition Socialists, Turks Move to Topple Borisov Cabinet The Bulgarian Socialist Party led by Stanishev (front) says it is ready for new general elections in spite of its defeat in the summer of 2009. Photo by BGNES

The two major opposition formations – the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) and the ethnic Turkish party DPS – have agreed on a course of seeking to bring about early elections.

The parliamentary groups of the BSP and DPS ("Movement for Rights and Freedoms) announced Wednesday that they have decided together to initiate two no confidence votes against the government of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and the center-right GERB party.

The Socialists and DPS will seek "elections 3 in 1", an already popular expression in Bulgaria meaning that they will attempt to bring down the government so that Bulgaria can hold parliamentary elections simultaneously with the presidential and local elections in the fall of 2011.

The opposition will seek one vote of no confidence for the government's "overall failure", while another no confidence motion will be initiated for a specific issue.

Sergey Stanishev, head of BSP and former PM, declared that his party is ready for "elections 3 in 1"; DPS deputy head Lyutvi Mestan made basically the same declaration.

The Socialists and the ethnic Turkish party have not made a final decision yet on how to phrase their motives for the no confidence motions.

The options considered are initiating a no confidence vote over the government's "failed" anti-crisis policies in June 2011, followed by an "overall policy" no confidence vote in September, or holding a vote over Borisov's all-out policies in June.

As the BSP and DPS together have 78 MPs out of 240, and the government can rely on GERB's 117, the 20-some MPs of the nationalist party Ataka, and some independents, the opposition is unlikely to bring down the Borisov Cabinet, which is why it will probably select the option of going for two no confidence votes, i.e. a second one in September so that it can use the occasion to criticize the government right before the presidential and local elections.

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Tags: no confidence vote, BSP, DPS, Movement for Rights and Freedoms, Bulgarian Socialist Party, Boyko Borisov, GERB, Prime Minister, Sergey Stanishev, Lyutvi Mestan
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