President offers mandate to TISP, MP Plamen Nikolov is PM-designate

Photo: BTA Plamen Nikolov (C) and Rumen Radev (R).

President Rumen Radev offered on Friday, 30 July, an exploratory mandate for formation of a government to There Is Such a People (TISP) in their capacity as the largest group in the new Bulgarian legislature, BTA reported. The President handed the mandate to MP Plamen Nikolov, TISP's Prime Minister designate.

Nikolov came as a surprise as for over a week now, lawyer Peter Iliev was rumoured to be TISP's choice for the next government leader.

The President said to the TISP officials as he handed them the mandate: “People voted for you expecting you to consolidate the front for a change. The time has come for how and who will accomplish that. Too many pressing problems have built up. The Bulgarian people are looking forward to hearing your nominations for government ministers within the constitutional timeframe.”

Plamen Nikolov said: “It is an honour and responsibility for me to be here. I will do anything I can to meet the constitutional deadline.”

TISP have a week to go back to the President with an official government nomination and then put it forward to Parliament for its approval.

Who is Nikolov

According to TISP's and Parliament's websites, TISP MP Plamen Nikolov was born on 29 July, 1977 in the northern town of Gorna Oryahovitsa. He is an entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in business development and project management. He has worked with clients, including Amazon, Intersport, EMAG, swimming federations and national Olympic committees.

Nikolov has graduated from the University of Klagenfurt, Austria, and has a PhD in Philosophy of Law, Politics and Economics from Sofia University. He speaks English, German and Russian.

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