New Timers Defend Support for Bulgarian Cabinet

Politics | February 10, 2005, Thursday // 00:00
New Timers Defend Support for Bulgarian Cabinet Emil Koshlukov and his New Time party have ridden the tide of political mess over last week, as they initially backed up the non-confidence vote but later talked the ruling majority into accepting them as coalition partner. Photo by Y. Nikolova (SNA)

The leader of coalition partner New Time, Emil Koshlukov declared from the parliamentary rostrum on Thursday that his party's stance of support to the government had apparently made a mess in the accounts of many people.

MPs from the opposition factions left the hall when Koshlukov stepped on to address the parliament during the eight-hour discussions on the non-confidence motion due to be put to the vote at 7 pm on Friday.

After actually triggering off the parliamentary and cabinet crisis last week signing up the opposition's claims for resignation of parliamentary speaker and the whole cabinet, the 13-member defector group of New Timers deserted from the opposition signing Monday a coalition agreement with ruling Simeon II National Movement and Movement for Rights and Freedoms.

Emil Koshlukov defended New Time's position as a modern political behaviour entirely different from the old-fashioned bipolar model.

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