Bulgaria’s National Assembly voted on June 28 to set up an ad hoc committee to examine the carrying out of the procedure to select a new fighter jet aircraft, in a move expected to focus on how Sweden’s Gripen came out ahead – and after the GERB party publicly referred to suspicions that President Roumen Radev meddled in the process.
The vote to set up the committee, to be headed by GERB MP and defence committee member Emil Hristov, was – in a 240-seat legislature – 106 in favour, 89 against and with eight abstentions.
The ad hoc, multi-party committee is to have a lifespan of two months. It will have 19 members – eight from Prime Minister Boiko Borissov’s GERB, six from the opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party, two each from the nationalist United Patriots (the minority partner in government) and from the opposition Movement for Rights and Freedoms, and one from Vesselin Mareshki’s Volya party./IBNA
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