Bulgarian Parliament Votes on 'Oresharski' Govt Bid

Politics » DOMESTIC | May 29, 2013, Wednesday // 08:03
Bulgaria: Bulgarian Parliament Votes on 'Oresharski' Govt Bid Bulgaria anticipates the parliamentary vote on its new Cabinet proposal. File photo by BGNES

The Bulgarian Parliament convenes Wednesday morning at 9 am to vote on a Cabinet proposal by Plamen Oresharski, candidate for Prime Minister, nominated by the Bulgarian Socialist Party.

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev issued a mandate to the Socialists, after the formerly-ruling center-right Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria, GERB party, leader and former PM Boyko Borisov returned the first mandate to the Head of State.

Although GERB narrowly won the May 12 early general elections and now have the largest political group in the Parliament, all other three parties in the house have stated they would not back a proposal by the former ruling party.

Tuesday evening GERB announced they will be present at Wednesday's sitting, but will not register for the vote, thus jeopardizing the parliamentary quorum.

The third-largest political group, held by the liberal ethnic Turkish Movement for Rights and Freedoms, DPS, have committed to backing the Socialists' proposal.

Representatives and experts suggested by the Movement are included in Oresharski's Cabinet proposal.

The fourth parliamentary party, the far-right nationalists Ataka, have chosen to play the role of kingmaker, and wait until Wednesday morning before announcing their stance on the cabinet bid.

With GERB having 97 MP seats out of 240, the Socialists - 84, the Movement - 36 and Ataka - 27, the situation might lead to a political stalemate.

This would be the case if Ataka chose not to register for Wednesday's vote, as the Socialists and Movement have only 120 MPs together, 1 short of the 121 required for quorum.

If there is a quorum of 121, half of these votes plus one will be sufficient to approve the Cabinet proposal.

If it flops, then President Plevneliev has a third mandate remaining, which he can hand out to one of the remaining parliamentary groups at his discretion - DPS or Ataka.

If the third mandate is also unsuccessful, Bulgaria will have to hold new early general elections.

Soon after Monday evening's announcement of the composition of the Oresharski Cabinet project, allegations of murky ties of several of the candidate ministers started to flood in.

This has prompted the PM candidate to switch his nomination for the newly proposed position of a Minister for Investment Projects.

Tuesday evening, several hundred rallied to block traffic at the main Orlov Most intersection and walk to the President's Office.

Mockingly calling Oresharski "Oligarch-ski" and the Socialists "red trash," the protesters opposed the cabinet proposal and requested the severing of all ties between politicians and what they called "mafia."

A similar rally has been scheduled in Facebook for 9 am EET Wednesday, when the Bulgarian Parliament is to convene and vote on the cabinet proposal.

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