Bulgarian cabinet did not discuss resignation – ministers

Bulgarian cabinet did not discuss resignation – ministers

The meeting of the cabinet on June 11 did not discuss the issue of the resignation of the government, Mediapool reported, quoting ministers Dimitar Grekov and Angel Naidenov.

The government will continue to work and perform its duties conscientiously while still in office, the report quoted deputy prime minister Tsvetlin Yovchev as saying.

The customary Wednesday cabinet meeting took place as scheduled on June 11, with a 31-point agenda, the day after Bulgarian Socialist Party leader Sergei Stanishev – addressing a BSP national council meeting – called for the resignation of the cabinet after the conclusion of this week’s no-confidence vote.

Stanishev also called for early parliamentary elections in July. However, the eight-hour BSP meeting endorsed neither of these points, instead mandating Stanishev only to hold talks with other parties and with the President on holding parliamentary elections as soon as possible.

In any case, several commentators underlined that given the procedural timeframes set in the constitution and Bulgarian electoral law, it would be practically very difficult to hold elections as soon as July.