GERB Cabinet Sits for 3rd Confidence Vote in Bulgarian HistoryDomestic | January 20, 2011, Thursday // 08:29| views
The Bulgarian Parliament is holding Thursday the third vote of confidence after 1989. Photo by BGNES
The Cabinet of the center-right party GERB will face Thursday the third vote of confidence ever in Bulgarian history after 1989.
The first vote of confidence under the Bulgarian Constitution adopted in 1991 was initiated in 1992 by the rightist Cabinet of Filip Dimitrov (currently EU Ambassador in Georgia).
After 15 months in power, Dimitrov's government of the rightist Union of Democratic Forces collapsed as a result of the vote as the ethnic Turkish party DPS withdrew its support for it.
The second confidence vote after 1989 was in 1994 when the coalition Cabinet of Lyuben Berov (which succeeded the Dimitrov Cabinet) initiated a vote and won support for a three-month reform program.
With its own 117 MPs and the MPs of the nationalist party Ataka, the GERB Cabinet is expected to have 137 votes in total, out of 240 MPs. To survive the vote, the government needs a simple majority, or votes in favor by more than half of the present MPs.
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