New PM for Bulgaria as former rivals enter uneasy alliance

Newly approved Bulgarian Prime Minister Nikolay Denkov speaks at the Bulgarian Parliament before the parliamentary vote, Tuesday, June 6, 2023, in Sofia. [Valentina Petrova/AP Photo]

Bulgaria's parliament on Tuesday formally approved the country's new government proposed by the two main political rivals in a bid to end a 30-months-long political crisis, restore stability and spur economic development in the poorest EU member country.

The GERB party of ex-Premier Boyko Borissov, which won the April general election, and the runner-up, the pro-European liberal coalition "We Continue the Change - Democratic Bulgaria" have agreed to form the first-ever Bulgarian government where the post of prime minister will change hands halfway through.

Lawmakers voted 132-69 to elect Nikolay Denkov, a 60-year-old chemistry professor and former education minister, as prime minister. Denkov is a founding member of the reformist "We Continue the Change" party.

In a separate vote, legislators also approved the cabinet, in which GERB's Maria Gabriel, a former...

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