Bulgaria's Ex Deputy Regional Min Picked for Caretaker PM - ReportDomestic | February 28, 2013, Thursday // 14:41| views
Ekaterina Zaharieva. Photo by Sofia Photo Agency
Ekaterina Zaharieva, who served as Bulgaria's deputy regional minister before joining the presidential team, has been picked for caretaker prime minister, according to unconfirmed information.
"And the prime minister of Bulgaria's caretaker government will be... Ekaterina Zaharieva. This has already been decided!," Nayo Titsin, a former journalist close to die-hard right-wing leader and former prime minister Ivan Kostov, wrote on Facebook.
Ekaterina Zaharieva entered the center-right government of Boyko Borisov right after he won the elections in the summer of 2009.
She became part of the presidential team in November 2011 after Rosen Plevneliev was elected Bulgaria's president.
Following the collective resignation of the center-right GERB government, the big question in Bulgaria is who will be appointed caretaker Prime Minister.
The caretaker Prime Minister, who is to be appointed by President Rosen Plevneliev, will be a decisive figure over the next two months because the person will be in charge of holding fair and peaceful elections.
According to local media reports, which emerged last week, Finance Minister Simeon Djankov was very likely to be appointed caretaker Prime Minister because maintaining financial stability will be of crucial importance.
Djankov has refused to comment but sources close to him have adamantly rejected the rumors.
Former Finance Minister and BSP MP Plamen Oresharski has also rejected claims that he would be appointed caretaker Prime Minister.
Menda Stoyanova, GERB MP, Deputy Chair of Parliament, and head of the Parliamentary Budget Committee, has also rejected being a candidate for the post, although she was cited by Borisov as an appropriate candidate on Saturday.
Financial expert Emil Harsev has suggested Simeon Djankov or Ivan Iskrov, Governor of the Bulgarian National Bank (BNB), which Iskrov has rejected.
Levon Hampartsoumian, Chief Executive Officer of UniCredit Bulbank, has said he has not been offered the post and would not accept because he has a busy schedule.
Tsvetelin Yovchev, head of the President's Office and former Director of the State Agency for National Security (DANS), has also adamantly rejected claims that he would be appointed caretaker Prime Minister.
Other rumors cited newly appointed Education Minister Stefan Vodenicharov and Kamen Veselinov, President of the Technical University of Sofia, but Vodenicharov has rejected the claims.
Yane Yanev, leader of the marginal conservative Order, Law, and Justice party (RZS), who has also been cited as an option, has responded to invitations to comment on the matter with "Why not?"
Another option was Reneta Indzhova, head of the National Social Security Institute.
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