Bulgaria Opposition Receives Mandate as Coalition Talks Stall

Kiril Petkov speaks to media as he arrives for an EU-Western Balkans leaders' meeting in Brussels, 23 June 2022.  Photo: EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ

A week ago, the reformist party and ex-PM Boyko Borissov's GERB hatched an unexpected deal to form an 18-month cabinet, first headed by the WCC's Nickolay Denkov for nine months and then by GERB's Mariya Gabriel.

Bulgaria: The Two Leading Political Coalitions still Cannot Agree on a Future Government

The resumption of talks between GERB-SDS and "We Continue the Change - Democratic Bulgaria" (WCC-DB) did not lead to clarity on what the future formula for governing the country could be. The two political forces again differed in their opinion - with which mandate there can be a regular government.

Bulgaria: Borissov and GERB will not form a Coalition with BSP and DPS

GERB leader Boyko Borissov explained to the media that his words yesterday were not interpreted correctly and insisted that his formation has no intention of forming a coalition with BSP and DPS, but will seek support from other parties for a government of individuals.

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

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.

Borissov: The Only Way to have a Government is to establish Contact Groups

"The only way to have a government is through contact groups. Before President Radev hands over the mandate, we must have agreed that it will happen. If it doesn't happen, it won't happen with the second, third, or tenth mandate and we're going to elections," said in Shiroka Laka, GERB leader Boyko Borissov.