Bulgarian Parliament to Choose from Three Dates for 2016 Presidential Elections
Bulgaria’s Parliament is expected to consider three dates for presidential elections this week before going into summer recess on 1 August, Darik Radio reported on Tuesday.
Centre-right GERB, the dominant partner in the minority coalition government led by Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, has proposed to hold the elections on Sunday, November 6. The motion has the support of lawmakers from the junior coalition partner the Reformist Bloc, the nationalist Patriotic Front and Bulgarian Democratic Centre - National Union (BDC-NS) alliance, Darik said.
Opposition parties are seeking election dates in October.
Main opposition Socialists have proposed to hold the election on Sunday, October 23, while predominantly ethnic Turk Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) is proposing Sunday, October 30.
Bulgaria’s 2011 presidential elections were held on October 23, with a runoff vote taking place a week later.
None of the mainstream political parties has announced yet a candidate for the elections.
President Rosen Plevneliev said last month that he wouldn’t run for a second term of office in this year’s elections, citing personal reasons.
In 2016, Parliament will be in summer recess from August 1 through August 28.
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