Bulgaria's coalition government led by the centre-right GERB party intends to serve its full term, until the elections in 2021, Valeri Simeonov, leader of one of the junior partners in the ruling coalition, said on Thursday. Any changes to the composition of the government will be discussed after the motion of no confidence filed by the opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) is rejected; Simeonov told a press conference aired live by private broadcaster BTV.
Earlier on Thursday, Bulgaria's parliament said that the motion of no confidence will be debated on July 20 and put to the vote not earlier than 24 hours after the end of discussions. In its motives for filing the motion on Wednesday, BSP said the government is serving the interests of oligarchs who remain unpunished for the crimes they commit.
This will be the fifth no-confidence motion against the coalition government of Prime Minister Boyko Borissov formed after the early general election held in March 2017. It comes amid a wave of anti-corruption protests seeking a reform of the judiciary and the resignation of Borissov and chief prosecutor Ivan Geshev, and less than a day after the government said that three key ministers will resign.
Interior minister Mladen Marinov, economy minister Emil Karanikolov, and finance minister Vladislav Goranov will tender their resignations on Thursday, the government said late on Wednesday. Borissov requested the resignations of the three cabinet members in an attempt to refute allegations for vested interests of the ethnic Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) party and businessman Delyan Peevski, an MP of DPS, Borissov's GERB party press centre said, as quoted by Dnevnik daily on Wednesday.
Thousands of people with various political affiliations have been gathering in the centre of Sofia every evening over the past week with demands that the government step down and that the judiciary be overhauled. Despite news of the resignations, the protests are set to continue with another rally called for Thursday evening.