Newly elected Parliament holds inaugural sittingEuropost , Sofia
The newly elected 46th National Assembly opened its inaugural sitting on Wednesday. The MPs took the oath of office.
In her opening speech, Mika Zaikova, the eldest MP, urged for constructive work for the dream of the Bulgarian people - a prospering Bulgaria that is a worthy member of the EU. The MP said that Bulgarians have voted for change. President Rumen Radev, Vice President Iliana Iotova, caretaker Prime Minister Stefan Yanev, cabinet members, other officials and foreign diplomats attended the proceedings.
Iva Miteva from There Is Such a People was elected speaker of the 46th National Assembly with 137 out of 237 lawmakers in attendance voting in favour, one opposing and 99 abstaining. Miteva was supported by the parliamentary groups of There Is Such a People, Democratic Bulgaria, Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF), and Stand Up.BG! We are coming!
MPs also voted to confirm six deputy speakers of parliament. These are Viktoria Vassileva from There Is Such a People, Rositsa Kirova from GERB-UDF, Kristian Vigenin from BSP for Bulgaria, Atanas Atanasov from Democratic Bulgaria, Mukaddes Nalbant from MRF and Tatyana Doncheva from Stand Up.BG! We are coming!
Following the 11 July elections, There Is Such a People received 65 seats in the new Parliament, GERB-UDF - 63, BSP for Bulgaria - 36, Democratic Bulgaria - 34, MRF - 29, Stand Up.BG! We are coming! - 13.