Bulgaria's main opposition withdraws from Parliament

As a result, the overhaul of the national budget and the country's health insurance is in limbo

Bulgaria's main opposition withdraws from Parliament

World Bulletin/News Desk

Bulgaria's political life came to a deadlock when the main opposition party withdrew from Parliament on Wednesday in the midst of a crucial budget vote.

The leader of the center-right Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB), Boyko Borisov, said on Wednesday that he and his party's lawmakers would not attend the remaining sessions of Parliament, which is due to be dissolved on August 6.

Prior to the center-right party’s decision, the nationalist ATAKA party had also withdrawn its members from the national body.

As a result, this blocks the overhaul of the national budget and health insurance, which the MPs had initially agreed to proceed with, in a first reading on Tuesday. A second reading was to take place on August 4.  

But more than half of the 240-seat assembly members have to be present in Parliament in order to reach a quorum, an impossibility without the Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party and the ATAKA party.  

The center-right party had initially given its support to the disputed budget revision. It now remains unclear why it has taken such a decision but leader Boyko Borisov appears to have changed his mind since Tuesday.

At play here may be typical national political games in the wake of upcoming election.

Indeed, the socialist-led government had resigned last week due to ongoing protests and the collapse of its popularity -made evident by poor results in the European Parliament elections last May - leading to further disarray in the country’s political and economic life. 

President Rosen Plevneliev, who called for snap elections on October 5, will announce an interim government on August 6. 

 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 30 Temmuz 2014, 17:31

Muhammed Öylek

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