Bulgaria's President-Elect Declines Security Council Invitation

Domestic | November 29, 2016, Tuesday // 10:20|  views

Bulgaria's President-elect Rumen Radev. File photo, BGNES

Bulgarian President-elect has turned down the invitation by incumbent Rosen Plevneliev to take part in the Consultative Council on National Security (KSNS) taking place on Tuesday.

Rumen Radev, who won the presidential election earlier this month, has said he cannot attend the council before having assumed his duties.

The council is dedicated to seeking a way out of the current political deadlock as parties will try to form a new government and head for an early election. It comes after a week of political consultations held by the head of state with all parties and coalitions represented in Parliament. 

"It is parliamentary forces who bear the responsibility for either create a new majority or take the path to snap elections. This responsibility should not be blurred," Radev wrote on Facebook on Monday.

Earlier in November, he also rejected an invitation from Plevneliev to help him set up an interim government that may remain in office until the next vote in March or be reshuffled by Radev after he takes up office.

The last-ditch effort to avoid the political deadlock following Boyko Borisov's resignation as Prime Minister will come as the President will hand over the government mandate to the two biggest parties and one of his choice after the council is over.

Reports have suggested the "third" party may be the nationalist Patriotic Front (PF) coalition, whose co-leader Krasimir Karakachanov has expressed readiness to be Prime Minister if given the opportunity.

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Tags: Rumen Radev, Rosen Plevneliev, Consultative Council on National Security


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