Bulgarian Socialist Leader: No Need to Rush Govt Resignation

Domestic | June 12, 2014, Thursday // 14:07|  views

Sergey Stanishev, leader of the Bulgarian Socialist Party and the Party of European Socialists and former Bulgarian Prime Minister. Photo by BGNES

The lack of political will for immediate snap elections means that the Cabinet does not need to rush to resign, according to the leader of the ruling Bulgarian Socialist Party.

In a Thursday interview, Stanishev noted that the reactions of the other political parties to the current situation made it clear that they did not want urgent early elections.

Reiterating his Tuesday statement, Stanishev claimed that the responsible stance would be to back early elections in end-July.

"However, since there is no political will for this, I do not believe that the Cabinet needs to rush the resignation. GERB lacks political will for urgent elections," Stanishev declared, as cited by the BGNES news agency.

The leader of BSP confirmed that the socialist-led government would not resign before the sitting of the Consultative Council on National Security (KSNS) on Tuesday, adding that the Cabinet had expressed readiness to keep working until the announcement of a caretaker government.

Deputy Chair of BSP Yanaki Stoilov added that the forthcoming sitting of the KSNS was to shed light on the intentions of the Cabinet and the political parties.

BSP gave a briefing Thursday in response to the failed parliamentary sitting on Thursday which was supposed to feature a review of the petition for a national referendum on election rules.

The sitting collapsed due to the lack of a quorum.

Bulgaria's Parliament was to discuss Thursday the proposals of Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev and of an initiative committee for a referendum on election rules.

Stanishev suggested that center-right party GERB (Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria) had shown that they were hypocrites through their attitude on the referendum initiative.

"After BSP said that it backed compulsory voting, GERB got scared and now they see the referendum only as a political instrument to be used in talks on elections" he said, adding that such behavior was irresponsible to the people who had signed the petition.

Stanishev emphasized that the referendum petition had been signed by 400 000, regardless of the doubts surrounding their validity, and that BSP insisted that the Parliament come up with a stance on the three questions listed in the petition.

Stoilov also suggested that former Prime Minister and GERB leader Boyko Borisov was promising benefits to US companies during his visit to the country but he had to explain how Bulgaria would benefit from the partnership.

"If this includes lifting the ban on shale gas exploration, the forthcoming parliamentary elections will turn into several referendums. One of them will concern the question of whether Bulgarian citizens want to lift the ban on this type of gas exploration and production on Bulgarian territory" Stoilov said.

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Tags: Sergey Stanishev, Bulgarian Socialist Party, BSP, early elections, snap elections, GERB, Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria, Referendum, Boyko Borisov, caretaker govenment


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