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Bulgaria’s Parliament to vote Thursday on Plamen Nikolov’s decision to withdraw his PM candidacy

The National Assembly of Bulgaria will take a vote on Thursday morning on Prime Minister designate Plamen Nikolov's decision to withdraw from the process of becoming government leader

Sofia, 11 August 2021 (BTA/MIA) – The National Assembly of Bulgaria will take a vote on Thursday morning on Prime Minister designate Plamen Nikolov’s decision to withdraw from the process of becoming government leader, GERB-UDF Floor Leader Dessislava Atanassova said on Wednesday, emerging from a meeting of the Presiding Council of the National Assembly.

The Presiding Council met twice in the space of a single day on Wednesday to discuss with constitutional law experts whether the legislature needs to react formally to Nikolov’s desire to give up his status as Prime Minister designate.

The confusion was caused by an unprecedented situation. On the one hand, Nikolov’s party, There Is Such a People (TISP), decided against asking the National Assembly to vote on the government proposed by it after consultations with other parliamentary forces showed that TISP’s government will not get enough support from the legislature. On the other hand, Nikolov technically still holds the government-forming mandate granted to him by President Rumen Radev.

The news that Nikolov has formally withdrawn his consent to be designated as Prime Minister has been confirmed by the National Assembly. He told BTA he was doing it for personal reasons, and he saw no legal impediments to doing it.

Dessislava Atanassova, the GERB-UDF Floor Leader, said Nikolov’s desire should be reckoned with, so that the constitutional procedure concerning the first exploratory mandate to form the next government can be completed normally. “We will not vote on a proposed government line-up. We will only pronounce ourselves on Mr Nikolov’s stated will regarding his mandate as Prime Minister designate,” Atanassova explained.

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