Bulgaria braces for tough talks on forming coalition government
It will be the first one formed following early general elections on Oct. 2 but the fourth in less than two years.
In parallel with the work that will begin with the establishment of the presidency and administrative organs of parliament, negotiations will be held between various political parties, none of which could achieve an absolute majority.
According to the constitution, President Rumen Radev will first give the task of forming a government to the party with the largest representation in the Assembly, after negotiations with parliamentary forces.
In the election, seven parties passed the 4% threshold for entering the new parliament. The distribution of seats was determined as follows:
There are 27 MPs from the populist and pro-Russian Revival party.
There are 20 MPs from the Democratic Bulgaria (DB) party, which is backed by urbanist right-wing forces
The pro-Russian Bulgarian Rise (BV) party, recently founded by former Defense Minister Stefan Yanev, has 12 deputies.
Bulgarian citizens, who had to go to the polls to participate in the general elections for the fourth time in nearly two years, expressed their sentiments toward the country’s political elite with a participation rate of 37%.
Society expects greater responsibility from the politicians in the 48th Assembly after the inefficient work of the last three parliaments with a similar structure.
However, the current seven parties competed among themselves to declare “the red lines they cannot cross” before even passing the threshold for entering parliament. It is estimated that the coalition talks will be difficult in an environment with prejudices.
While political observers have presented various coalition formulas for the GERB party, which will be the first to form a Cabinet, they say these formulas are based on simple arithmetic, not political logic.
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