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Bulgaria: government crisis, third and final mandate today

Another failure will lead to the early elections

18 July, 13:45
(ANSA) - SOFIA, JUL 18 - In the afternoon, Bulgarian President Rumen Radev will give the Socialist Party (BSP) its third and final mandate to form a government in the current legislative session. If this mandate fails, the head of state will dissolve the parliament and call early elections in the fall. Before handing over the third term, Radev consulted with all parliamentary groups to understand their proposals to find a way out of the crisis. The largest party in parliament, 'Let's Continue the Change', whose coalition government collapsed in a no-confidence vote in parliament, had failed to form a new majority and ended the first mandate. Gerb, the conservative party and the second largest parliamentary group opposed to the president, was immediately given the second mandate. During the consultations with Radev, BSP leader Kornelia Ninova - a party belonging to ousted PM Kiril Petkov's coalition - said her group is ready to"'make an effort to ensure a functioning parliament and a stable government." (ANSA).

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