GERB receives and returns mandate to form cabinet
President Radev has seven days to present a third mandateEuropost , Sofia
Pesident of Bulgaria Rumen Radev presented prime-ministerial candidate Daniel Mitov, representing GERB-UDF, the second-largest parliamentary group in the 46th National Assembly, with a mandate to form a cabinet, which Mitov promptly returned, as GERB-UDF had indicated that he would do.
GERB-UDF had said from the very beginning, and Mitov reiterated it upon returning the mandate, that the coalition unfortunately does not see a path towards forming a cabinet with the second mandate given by the president. Mitov presented the head of state with a written opinion by the parliamentary group of GERB-UDF, which suggests that the second mandate should be considered unsuccessful, allowing the president to move forward with the constitutional procedure.
Earlier on Friday, during a briefing at its political headquarters, GERB revealed the names that would have made up a potential GERB-UDF cabinet so that Bulgarians can judge the coalition’s governing potential against that of the rest of the field. If realised, the GERB-UDF cabinet would have looked like this:
prime minister – Daniel Mitov
vice-PM – Tomislav Donchev
vice-PM in charge of judicial reform and minister of foreign affairs – Ekaterina Zaharieva
vice-PM in charge of public order and safety and minister of the interior – Rumen Hristov
minister of finance – Kiril Ananiev
minister of justice – Radomir Cholakov
minister of defence – Hristo Gadzhev
minister of regional development and public works – Aleksandar Ivanov
minister of labor and social policy – Denitsa Sacheva
minister of education and science – Krasimir Valchev
minister of healthcare – Kostadin Angelov
minister of culture – Lyuben Dilov
minister of agriculture, food and forestry – Desislava Taneva
minister of transportation, information technologies and communications – Rosen Zhelyazkov
minister of economy – Zhechko Stankov
minister of energy – Delyan Dobrev
minister of tourism – Denitsa Nikolova
minister of environment and waters – Ivelina Vassileva
minister of youth and sports – Krasen Kralev.
Under the Constitution of Bulgaria, the president has seven days to present another parliamentary group with a mandate to nominate its candidate for prime minister. If an agreement on a cabinet is not reached, the president will have to appoint a caretaker government, dismiss the parliament and schedule new elections.