Status: 06/23/2022 01:23
After only six months, the government in Sofia was removed from office by parliament. The dispute was mainly over state finances and relations with neighboring Northern Macedonia.
In Bulgaria, the social-liberal government was overthrown by a vote of no confidence. A narrow majority of 124 members of parliament in Sofia have deprived Prime Minister Kiril Petkov of confidence. At least 121 votes were needed. 115 deputies spoke in favor of Petkov.
The request was made by the largest opposition faction, GERB, led by conservative Prime Minister Boyko Borissow. He accuses Petkov’s government of failing “in public finances and economic policy.”
The government was on the verge of collapse
The government, which has now been overthrown, is considered pro-Western and was formed only six months ago. Former businessman Petkow has started with a promise to fight corruption.
His governing coalition collapsed in early June when the populist ITN party ended it due to budgetary issues and relations with neighboring Northern Macedonia. Since then, Petkov has no majority in parliament.
Dispute over Northern Macedonia
He has recently tried to bring Bulgaria and Northern Macedonia closer together, which would like to become a member of the EU itself, which is controversial in Bulgaria.
The vote of no confidence is the first success in the country’s history. President Rumen Radev can now entrust the other parties with forming a government three times. If this fails, there will be new elections. This would be the fourth election in Bulgaria since last year.
Bulgaria: Government overthrown, reform path failed
Wolfgang Vichtl, ARD Vienna, 22 June 2022 21:18