SOFIA, Bulgaria ( Associated Press) – Bulgarian President Rumen Radev on Monday gave a mandate to the third-largest political party to form a government in parliament after two previous attempts failed.
Although the Socialist Party’s chances of success are slim, its floor leader Georgi wilenski said his party would invite three other groups in the former coalition to give it a fresh try.
Swielenski told Radev that he would do everything possible to see the mandate fulfilled, as the public needed calm and certainty.
The move comes after two main groups in parliament – the reformist We Continue the Change party and the center right GERB party – failed to end the EU and NATO member’s latest political crisis amid rising tensions with Russia.
The expulsion of Kirill Petkov’s pro-Western cabinet, which pledged zero tolerance to corruption last December, helped pave the way for a new election, which analysts expect to bring a stronger presence of nationalist and pro-Russian groups to parliament. Was.
The Socialists have said that they would propose that the candidate prime minister should come from the We Continue the Change party, as it is the largest group in parliament.
If coalition talks fail, which analysts say is more than likely, the president should dissolve parliament, appoint a caretaker government, and schedule another early parliamentary election,
The vote will take place in early October, and it will be Bulgaria’s fourth parliamentary election since April 2021.
Political analysts are hopeful that a new vote could have a similar result and deepen the political deadlock that has gripped the poorest member of the European Union.
They also expect political instability to hinder Bulgaria’s ability to tap the EU’s coronavirus economic recovery fund and hinder its path toward adopting the euro currency in 2024.