Bulgarian Experts: Threats of Snap Elections Are Dramatic Play

Domestic | June 5, 2011, Sunday // 12:24|  views

According to political scientists, the no confidence votes in the Bulgarian Parliament are purely symbolic and never topple governments. File photo

There are no conditions in Bulgaria to have snap parliamentary elections or to topple the cabinet in a no-confidence vote.

The comments were made by Bulgarian political scientists Sunday, cited by the Bulgarian news agency, BTA.

Expert, Antoniy Todorov, says he does not believe the main opposition formations – the Bulgarian Socialist Party, BSP, and the ethnic Turkish, Movement for Rights and Freedoms, DPS, really plan to dismiss the cabinet, but the opposition rather wants to demonstrate it is capable to run the agenda, and put on the table the topics of the political debate.

According to Todorov, none of the main parties, including the ruling, center-right Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria, GERB, is ready to face early elections, and they lack alternatives in the rule of the country and in a stronger team. The expert says such elections would be really in the forecast if the approval ratings of GERB crash or if there is large dissent in their parliamentary group, pointing out neither seems likely.

Political scientist, Rumyana Kolarova, is of the opinion BSP and DPS want to make their second no-confidence vote stronger and "more colorful," but ads "it would be a miracle if this vote leads to early elections."

"The no-confidence votes in the Bulgarian Parliament are purely symbolic and never topple governments. This is a tradition – the vote gives the opposition an opportunity to voice its discontent with those ruling the country," Kolarova explains. She further says that no confidence votes in the past have resulted in a more united cabinet.

The expert compares requests for holding snap parliamentary elections in the fall, along with presidential and local ones, known in Bulgaria as "3 in 1" to a dramatic play where actors exchange cues.

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