Bulgaria's Government Holds 'Last' Meeting Before Resignation

Domestic | July 23, 2014, Wednesday // 10:55|  views

Left to right: Bulgarian Finance Minister Petar Chobanov, Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski and Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin. Cabinet is meeting Wednesday it what has often been described as its last session. Photo by BGNES

Cabinet members arrived at the Council of Ministers for what is expected to be their last session before Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski steps down.

Earlier this month Oresharski picked July 23 as the most suitable date for the government to submit its resignation.

However, ministers have repeatedly sent mixed signals as to whether this could happen on Wednesday.

Defense Minister Angel Naydenov, who is also a high-ranking official of the main ruling Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), was quoted by website Dnevnik.bg as saying the cabinet was to resign Thursday at the earliest.

Other ministers commented while entering the government building they had no information of the exact date.

Interior Minister Tsvetlin Yovchev explained it was up to the Prime Minister to announce the move.

"The only thing" halting the resignation is the necessity that all processes after [the government quits] be directed and that stability of governance and the holding of elections be guaranteed," Yovchev added.

Early elections are to be held on October 5, and President Rosen Plevenliev is due to dissolve Parliament and to appoint a caretaker government on August 6.

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Tags: Council of Ministers, early elections, Rosen Plevneliev, Angel Naydenov, Tsvetlin Yovchev, BSP, Plamen Oresharski, resignation


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