Bulgarian Govt Would Have Resigned over Budget Anyway - Outgoing PM

Domestic | November 17, 2016, Thursday // 12:01|  views

Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boyko Borisov walking out of the Presidency after political consultations on Thursday, November 17, 2016. Photo: BGNES

Bulgaria's outgoing Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has reiterated that a government resignation would have been inevitable even if he hadn't moved to step down after the presidential election.

Next year's budget would have been the bone of contention, Borisov has made clear, citing differences among factions in Parliament.

He has added, however, that his party will seek the quorum needed to adopt the 2017 budget, proposed by his outgoing administration at the end of October.

After consultations with President Rosen Plevneliev, he has told reporters that his GERB party, the biggest in Parliament with over a third of the 240 MP seats, will not take part in any interim government if one is formed by the head of state.

GERB will not propose any names of caretaker ministers either, daily 24 Chasa quotes him as saying.

Parliament accepted Borisov's resignation on Wednesday. President Plevneliev will be holding consultations with parliamentary parties through next week and will then try giving three of them the mandate to form a new government. In case of failure, he will have to appoint a caretaker administration.

Before his resignation, commenting on the presidential vote's runoff results on Sunday, Borisov made it clear the cabinet might collapse while the budget was being voted in Parliament.

The fiscal bill is due to be voted later on Thursday.

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Tags: Rosen Plevneliev, Boyko Borisov, budget, interim government, caretaker government


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