Bulgaria's Coalition Partners Meeting in Last Effort to Form Govt

Politics » DOMESTIC | December 19, 2016, Monday // 07:46
Bulgaria: Bulgaria's Coalition Partners Meeting in Last Effort to Form Govt Bulgaria's outgoing PM Boyko Borisov has so far sen mixed signals on whether his party will back a new government. File photo, BGNES

Officials of the biggest party in Bulgaria, GERB, are set to meet the Reformist Bloc (RB), their allies in the outgoing cabinet, in a last effort to agree on a new cabinet.

The RB is currently holding the mandate to form a government, more than a month after GERB leader Boyko Borisov resigned as Prime Minister. If no agreement is reached and the RB returns the mandate, Bulgaria will slide toward an early election in the spring.

GERB has so far sent mixed signals on the possibility to have a new government. Moreover, the two political organizations will need support from nationalist parties or others to secure a stable parliamentary majority.

Initially, Borisov had said a new cabinet should be made to support a change in electoral legislation. However, he later insisted the RB should create a government on its own, with GERB only backing it.

The RB's Union for Democratic Forces (UDF), one of the bloc's heavyweights, has argued the new government should keep Borisov as Prime Minister.

However, some of the other parties have staunchly opposed the move or have attached conditions.

The meeting begins at 10:00 local time (EET).

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