Bulgaria MPs' Appointments to Permanent Committees Get Mixed Reception

Lawmakers in Bulgaria's Parliament set up twelve permanent Committees on Thursday and are to create the remaining ten on Friday, amid controversy over how seats are allocated.

Most party group Chairmen remained ordinary members of committees, with the exception of Bulgarian Democratic Center (BDC)'s Svetlin Tanchev, who is presiding over the committee on European affairs.

Patriotic Front Backtracks on Ultimatum to Bulgarian Gov't

The Patriotic Front (PF) will not put into question the integrity of Bulgaria's ruling coalition, leaders of the front have announced.

The PF, a nationalist alliance which signed an agreement earlier in November to back the minority coalition, is protesting at a decision to appoint Orhan Ismailov, an ethnic Turk, to the Deputy Defense Minister's office.

Nationalist Party NFSB May Withdraw Confidence in Govt in 24 Hours

The two main parties constituting nationalist formation the Patriotic Front (PF) - NFSB and VMRO - clash over the recently appointed Deputy Minister of Defence Orhan Ismailov.

Valeri Simeonov, leader of nationalist party National Front for Salvation of Bulgaria (NFSB), confirmed on Wednesday that the party was still against the appointment of Ismailov.

Calls Grow for Bulgaria to Make Voting Compulsory

Tsvetan Tsvetanov, deputy chaiman of the ruling Citizens for a European Bulgaria party, GERB, on Monday said that the government may make voting compulsory some time in 2015.

"It is important to have 70 to 80 per cent of voters determining the representation in parliament, rather than 48 per cent, as we had at the last election," Tsvetanov told daily newspaper, 24 Chasa.

Bulgaria's GERB Party Calls for Anti-Defamation Media Law

GERB, the biggest partner in Bulgaria's minority coalition government, on Thursday urged print media publishers to draft anti-defamation legislation.

To avoid potential charges of promoting media censorship, Krasimir Velchev, deputy chairman of centre-right GERB, said he was prepared to initiate a series of meetings with the two unions of Bulgarian publishers to discuss the idea.