Snap parliamentary elections to be held on 11 July

Early parliamentary elections will likely be scheduled for 11 July. President Rumen Radev will dissolve the 45th National Assembly next week and appoint a caretaker government. This was stated by the head of state after he handed over the third, and last, mandate to form a cabinet to BSP, and they returned it immediately.

It is clear in this situation that we are heading for a dissolution of Parliament and the scheduling of early elections, but if they lead to the same stalemate and a cabinet cannot be formed, Bulgaria may end up in a political as well as a constitutional crisis, warned Rumen Radev. The president urged all political parties and coalitions to sort out their priorities, rethink their conduct and seek unity of action for the sake of Bulgaria's urgent agenda: restoration of the democratic institutions, rule of law, fighting the pandemic, bankruptcies and poverty.

The head of state said also that many tense months are ahead in which the presidential institution will responsibly fulfil its constitutional role of being a guarantor of stability during these dynamic developments.

We must act responsibly and expeditiously to avoid chaos in the upcoming elections, said Rumen Radev. Therefore, the president's decision for the newly formed Central Electoral Commission (CEC) is to enter into its role simultaneously with the dissolution of the National Assembly and the decree for scheduling new parliamentary elections. The decree is expected to be promulgated on 11 May.

Rumen Radev pointed out that the presidential administration has been working intensively during the holidays, and it has prepared the rules and all the necessary documents. He added that today he would hold consultations with the parliamentary forces on the composition of CEC. Tomorrow the commission will work to check the compliance of the documents. A public hearing of the CEC candidates will be held on 7 May at 9am.

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