Borisov’s Party Sulky, Abandons Race for Deputy Speaker in Bulgaria's New ParliamentDomestic | May 21, 2013, Tuesday // 12:28| views
“This scheme will be used in cobbling together the new government, totally illegal,” former Interior Minister Tsvetanov fumed from the parliamentary rostrum, referring to the election of a Socialist speaker. Photo by BGNES
Bulgaria’s former ruling center-right party has given up the race for deputy parliamentary speaker, blaming the other three parties of hatching a plot against it.
“This scheme will be used in cobbling together the new government, totally illegal,” former Interior Minister Tsvetanov fumed from the parliamentary rostrum, referring to the election of a Socialist speaker.
“We are not going to be part of this scenario. No, we are not going to be part of this,” he repeated, after which his party staged a walk-out.
Socialist member of parliament and former Bulgarian Minister of Interior Mihail Mikov was elected on Tuesday speaker of the new Bulgarian Parliament with the votes of his party and the ethnic Turkish MPs.
Mikov was Interior Minister for part (2008-9) of the term in office of Socialist leader Sergey Stanishev's tripartite coalition cabinet (2005-9), after prior minister Rumen Petkov resigned.
Mihail Mikov's candidacy was approved with the votes of 118 members of parliament, another 97 voted against.
Former ruling GERB party nominated former speaker Tsetska Tsacheva to re-assume the position, but she failed to get the support of other parliamentary parties.
The liberal ethnic Turkish Movement for Rights and Freedoms backed the Socialists' candidacy, while the nationalists Ataka did not vote.
In fact, the nationalists did not even register for the vote, which pushed the needed quorum down from 121 to 109.
GERB came out first with a result that gave them 97 MPs, but is finding itself strongly isolated from other parties.
The remaining 23 MP seats have gone for nationalist party Ataka.
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