Bulgaria Cabinet Survives Fifth No-Confidence Vote

Politics | Author: Margarita Stoyancheva |April 11, 2008, Friday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0
Bulgaria: Bulgaria Cabinet Survives Fifth No-Confidence Vote Bulgaria's Socialist-led government expectedly survived Friday a no-confidence vote over the instability that has recently seized the country's Interior Ministry. Photo by Nadya Kotseva (Sofia Photo Agency)

Bulgaria's Socialist-led government expectedly survived Friday a no-confidence vote over the instability that has recently seized the country's Interior Ministry.

The motion, filed by the opposition in cooperation with independents, was rejected by a large margin - 117 to 82 votes. A total of 35 MPs abstained from voting.

The vote was filed a week ago over the alleged relations of Interior Ministry officials with crime figures and individuals investigated by the special services.

The no-confidence motion was rejected in spite of the decision of the centrist party, which is a junior partner in the three-way ruling coalition, to abstain from casting votes.

In a statement, following the vote, Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev said after all there were no constructive ideas of possible reforms in the Interior Ministry.

"I have not heard any proposals that could help the institution meet the expectations of the Bulgarian community," PM Stanishev explained.

The first such no-confidence motion was in April 2006 over the cabinet's inability to cope with the consequences from floods in Bulgaria.

The second no-confidence vote was in March 2007 over the government's failure in health policy.

The third such a step was taken by the opposition in October 2007 over the crisis in education after Bulgaria's teachers went on a month-and-a-half strike.

The fourth no-confidence motion came in the end of February over the failure of the government to fight corruption.
Politics » Be a reporter: Write and send your article
Advertisement
Advertisement
Expats.bg All Are Welcome! Join Now!
Bulgaria news Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency - www.sofianewsagency.com) is unique with being a real time news provider in English that informs its readers about the latest Bulgarian news. The editorial staff also publishes a daily online newspaper "Sofia Morning News." Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency - www.sofianewsagency.com) and Sofia Morning News publish the latest economic, political and cultural news that take place in Bulgaria. Foreign media analysis on Bulgaria and World News in Brief are also part of the web site and the online newspaper. News Bulgaria