Bulgaria Right Wing Retracts Support for Health Minister-Hopeful

Health | April 16, 2010, Friday // 14:46|  views

The GERB nomination for Bulgaria's new Health Minister, Anna-Maria Borisova . Photo by BGNES

The Members of the Parliament from the right-wing Blue Coalition retracted Friday their tentative support for the nomination of the ruling GERB party for Health Minister.

The statement was made Friday by Martin Dimitrov, co-Chair of the Blue Coalition and leader of one of its two parties – the Union of Democratic Forces (UDF), who said the issue is pending.

The nominee of the ruling Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB) party, Prof. Anna-Maria Borisova appeared just two days ago before the Coalition's parliamentary group, composed of Members of the Parliaments from UDF and Democrats for Strong Bulgaria (DSB).

“For now, the Coalition accepts Borisova's ideas for health care reform and deems her performance better than her initial media appearances,” MP Vanyo Sharkov said then, pointing out her strong will and desire for reform.

According to Dimitrov, the “Blues” still have many doubts because Borisova is refusing to publicly declare her program, sending signals that she is hesitant and does not know what to do.

In addition to a short TV interview, the only media appearance of the Health Minister-hopeful was Thursday in Plovdiv where she dismayed reporters by her refusal to answer questions and by persistently repeating one single phrase: “I am smiling.”

The UDF leader informed his party’s decision about their support or rejection will be made next Tuesday, adding if the nomination ends up being withdrawn, they will not propose their own candidate because they do not have a coalition agreement with GERB.

Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, declared meanwhile that Borisova is his one and only candidate and dissipated rumors that GERB MPs are split around the nomination.

He promised Borisova will be voted in the Parliament next Wednesday.

The leader of GERB closest ally, the far-right nationalist Ataka party, Volen Siderov, stated his MPs firm support for Borisova. The opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) and the ethnic Turkish Movement for Right and Freedoms (DPS) already declared that they would not support the nomination in the Parliament.


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