Bulgaria's Parliament to Begin Work on October 27

President Rosen Plevneliev with representatives of all political parties after consultations were held at Bulgaria's Presidency. Photo by BGNES

The new National Assembly is to hold its opening session on October 27, at 14:00 EEST, Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev announced.

After a meeting with political parties at the Presidency on Wednesday he said an agreement had been reached that the forthcoming consultations of the head of state with each party, envisaged under the Constitution, should be carried out as quickly as possible.

A mandate to form a government will be given to center-right GERB, which won the October 5 elections, as soon as the parliamentary groups within the 43rd National Assembly are set up, the Bulgarian National Radio quoted Plevneliev as saying.

Priorities of the next Parliament were also discussed at the meeting, with the head of state pointing out the overhaul of 2014's budget, moves to ensure financial stability by solving the crisis at Corporate Commercial Bank (KTB) and urgent measures in energy.

Eight parties made it into Parliament on October 5, an unprecedented number in Bulgaria's recent history.

During Wednesday's consultations, Ataka party Chairman Volen Siderov walked out of the Presidency and declared "backdoor games" were in preparation at the Presidency.

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