GERB-UDF return mandate to form government

GERB-UDF's nominee for prime minister Daniel Mitov returned to President Rumen Radev the exploratory mandate to form a government on Friday, after it became clear that the coalition will not be able to find support from the other parties in Parliament.

“I accept the Executive Committee's decision to return the mandate to form a government,” leader of election winners GERB and outgoing Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said earlier in a video on Facebook in the presence of Daniel Mitov, Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova and GERB Floor Leader Desislava Atanasova.

On Tuesday, GERB, in their capacity as the largest group in Parliament, received from President Rumen Radev an exploratory mandate to form a government headed by former Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov.

On Wednesday, GERB-UDF invited the party There Is Such a People (TISP) to consultations for putting together a government under GERB-UDF's mandate. In a written response presented to journalists by TISP Floor Leader Toshko Yordanov, the party said: “We consider GERB to be the main symbol of the status-quo, and it is out of the question to discuss any government proposed by that party.”

GERB-UDF also invited Democratic Bulgaria to talks about the future government. Democratic Bulgaria, too, declined the invitation, arguing that GERB remains the main vehicle of “the flawed Borissov model of governance”.

Under the Constitution, if the first mandate is not implemented, the president is to hand an exploratory mandate to the second largest party in Parliament, TISP, which will have seven days to try to implement it.

“TISP will not form a government because they are afraid, they will not act as responsibly as we did,” Borissov said. He also recommended that the plenary sittings in Parliament be aired live, so that people can see what is going on.

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