Bulgaria names law professor as interim prime minister

The 57-year-old Georgi Bliznashki will become prime minister while Rumen Porozhanov, a 49-year-old former senior civil servant, will be finance minister

Bulgaria names law professor as interim prime minister

World Bulletin/News Desk

A Bulgarian law professor and former Socialist lawmaker was named caretaker prime minister on Tuesday for two months as the Balkan state grapples with the fallout of its worst banking crisis since the 1990s.

Georgi Bliznashki, 57, took over as premier while Rumen Porozhanov, a 49-year-old former senior civil servant, will be finance minister, President Rosen Plevneliev said in a televised statement.

The interim government follows the resignation of the Socialist-led coalition at the end of July, paving the way for a snap election on Oct. 5, the second in less than two years.

Bliznashki inherits raft of problems to sort out. In the past year, Bulgaria has struggled with sluggish economic growth, months of street protests against corruption, a diplomatic dispute over the Russian-led South Stream pipeline, deadly floods and a sovereign credit rating downgrade in June.

Most pressing is the fate of Corporate Commercial Bank (Corpbank), Bulgaria's fourth largest lender, which was hit by a run on deposits in June. It remains shut pending a full audit into its books ordered by the central bank.

Efforts by the outgoing government to rescue the lender were scuppered by parliament last month, and there is no agreement yet on to what extent the bank's depositors and bondholders will be protected in a possible state rescue.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Ağustos 2014, 12:05

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