Bulgaria’s political crisis: Waiting game continues

Bulgaria’s political crisis: Waiting game continues

Planned consultations among Bulgaria’s political parties represented in the National Assembly did not go ahead on June 24, but could still happen by the end of the week.

At a June 17 meeting of the Consultative Council on National Security, attended by the leaders of political party groups in Parliament, it was agreed that the timeframe for ahead-of-term national parliamentary elections would be September 28 to October 12.

But this left Bulgarians none the wiser on when the cabinet will resign, while further political turbulence after the consultative council meeting called into question when consultations would take place – and that after a delay to the start of talks because of the unavailability of some party leaders.

The executive bureau of the Bulgarian Socialist Party met on June 24 and was expected to propose a date for the start of consultations. As it turned out, the political news of the day was the resignation of BSP leader Sergei Stanishev from the National Assembly to take up a seat in the European Parliament, a move precisely the opposite of what he repeatedly had said he would do.