Bulgaria’s president calls nation’s 5th election in 2 years

Bulgarian and EU flags flutter at the Bulgarian side of the Kapitan Andreevo border crossing with Turkey, March 2, 2020. [Florion Goga/File Photo/Reuters]

Bulgaria's president dissolved the National Assembly on Thursday and called early parliamentary elections for April 2 in hopes of resolving the country's a bid to settle the country's prolonged political impasse and biting economic woes.

President Rumen Radevon also appointed a caretaker government ahead of the snap vote, which will be Bulgaria's fifth in two years.

Radev reappointed Galab Donev, a 55-year-old independent politician, to remain at the helm of the interim cabinet until the next parliament elects the members of a regular government.

The move comes after the three largest political groups in the deeply fragmented National Assembly failed to find common ground for a viable coalition government after the last early election, held in October.

The center-right GERB party of former Prime Minister Boyko Borissov won 67 seats, the most of any party...

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