Bulgaria's President Against Early Parliamentary Elections

Bulgaria's President Against Early Parliamentary Elections

The holding of early parliamentary elections in the fall of 2011 will be detrimental to Bulgaria, according to Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov.

Parvanov, who was the leader of the Bulgarian Socialist Party before he became President in 2001, has declared himself against early general elections somewhat surprisingly because many - including Prime Minister Boyko Borisov - believe that his political plans would benefit from such a scenario since if the government collapses the President will have to appoint a caretaker Cabinet that is friendly to him.

Bulgaria is scheduled to hold local and presidential elections in the fall of 2011, even though the exact date has not been set yet; the prospects of holding parliamentary elections as well have been raised by last week's incident in which activists of the far-right and nationalist party Ataka assaulted praying Muslims in the Banya Bashi mosque in downtown Sofia.

Borisov's center-right party GERB has only 117 MPs out of 240, and the minority government relies on the nationalist party Ataka's 21 MPs for parliamentary support; Ataka leader Volen Siderov has threatened he could withdraw support from the government over the incident near the Sofia Mosque, since he believes the police treated his party's activists with brutality.

Cautious over losing Ataka's support, GERB and PM Borisov himself have distanced themselves from the actions of the nationalists but in a seemingly subtle way.

He did point out however, that he would fulfill his constitutional duties if he has to even though he does not favor a caretaker government scenario and early elections.(Source: Sofia News Agency)

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