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Bulgarian president presents last government-forming mandate to Socialists

Bulgarian President Rumen Radev Friday presented the third exploratory government-forming mandate to the BSP for Bulgaria, which is the third largest parliamentary group in the 46th National Assembly. It is the last chance for this Parliament to try to form a government after the biggest and second biggest groups, There Is Such a People (TISP) and GERB, were unable or unwilling to do that.

Sofia, 27 August 2021 (BTA/MIA) — Bulgarian President Rumen Radev Friday presented the third exploratory government-forming mandate to the BSP for Bulgaria, which is the third largest parliamentary group in the 46th National Assembly. It is the last chance for this Parliament to try to form a government after the biggest and second biggest groups, There Is Such a People (TISP) and GERB, were unable or unwilling to do that.

Explaining why he chose the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), Radev said this party managed to preserve its openness and disposition to dialogue in the efforts to form a cabinet so far. He believes the “thousands of honest socialists and the internal party democracy will guarantee that the third mandate will be used to form a government based on clear values, undoubted persons known to the public, because Bulgaria needs leadership.”

BSP leader Kornelia Ninova said they were aware of the responsibility they are assuming and would do everything possible to form a regular cabinet by a majority in Parliament, which can implement reforms and measures for changing the previous governance model.

Ninova and Radev agreed the Socialists would present a Prime Minister designate by next Friday and a draft cabinet would be presented the following week, the Socialists’ leader said.

Unlike the previous two mandates which were offered to a Prime Minister designate of the respective party, the third is presented to the parliamentary group to allow them more time for talks with the other political forces.

TISP have said they would stay out of any talks on a government. Democratic Bulgaria vowed not to back a government on a Socialist mandate. Rise Up BG! Here We Come! are willing to have talks. GERB and the Movement for Rights and Freedoms have been kept out of any talks by the other four.

If this mandate fails, which analysts say is most likely, the President must dissolve the National Assembly, appoint a caretaker government and schedule early parliamentary elections. The previous 45th National Assembly was disbanded early for that same reason.

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