Bulgaria To Hold Snap Elections May 12

Bulgaria To Hold Snap Elections May 12

President Rosen Plevneliev said he will call snap elections on May 12 if a third attempt to form an interim government fails next week.

In an address to parliament broadcast live by the Bulgarian National Radio on Thursday, Plevneliev said he will hand a mandate to form a government to the mainly ethnic Turks' party Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) next week, and if they turn it down, he will appoint a caretaker government and call early elections.

DPS officials have already said the party will turn down the mandate.

Earlier this week the ruling party GERB rejected a mandate to form a second government after the cabinet of prime minister Boiko Borisov resigned last week. Two days later the second-biggest party in parliament, the opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party, also declined the mandate.

Borisov's cabinet resigned after a week of street rallies across the country which started as a protest against high electricity bills but escalated into anti-government marches.

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