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Bulgarian PM threatens coalition reshuffle, elections, after farce over special sitting of Parliament

Bulgarian PM threatens coalition reshuffle, elections, after farce over special sitting of Parliament
Sofia, October 14, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of The Sofia Globe

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov rushed to Parliament for an unscheduled stop on October 14 to deal a tongue-lashing to his GERB parliamentary group, and to threaten coalition partners with a Cabinet reshuffle or early elections.

Borissov was apparently angered after his and other parties colluded to deny a quorum to a special sitting of the National Assembly called at the initiative of the opposition.

While Bulgaria’s Parliament on October 12 voted itself a recess of close to a month ahead of the country’s November presidential elections, the opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party had raised more than enough signatures from MPs to call a special sitting for October 14.

But ruling coalition MPs from Borissov’s GERB party, minority coalition partner the Patriotic Front and opposition party Ataka declined to formally register as present. After three attempts to confirm a quorum so that the sitting could proceed, the day’s plenary was cancelled.

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