Bulgarian Parliament to Vote on Third No-Confidence Motion against Borisov Cabinet

Bulgarian Parliament to Vote on Third No-Confidence Motion against Borisov Cabinet

At an extraordinary session scheduled for 19:15 local time Tuesday, the Bulgarian Parliament will vote on the third no-confidence motion against the center-right Borisov Cabinet.

The no-confidence vote was tabled by MPs from the Bulgarian Socialist Party and the ethnic Turkish party DPS (Movement for Rights and Freedoms) one week ago.

The opposition's motives for the procedure, which targets in particular Bulgaria's Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov, are the failure of the government in the sphere of internal security, the indefinite postponement of the country's accession to the Schengen Area, the use of police-state methods and the violation of basic human rights.

The third no-confidence motion has no chances of being passed because the opposition can not summon the support of 121 MPs (half of all 240 plus 1).

Center-right ruling party GERB has 117 MPs, and will also rely on the backing of nationalist party Ataka and about a dozen independent MPs, who left the ranks of RZS, Ataka and the Blue Coalition, giving GERB the comfort of over 130 votes.

A total of 12 of the 18 "independent" members of the Bulgarian Parliament, renegades from a wide array of political parties, issued a declaration last week backing PM Boyko Borisov and providing his minority government with a parliamentary majority.

The 12 MPs in question - Valetin Nikolov, Ventsislav Varbanov, Darin Matov, Dimitar Kolev, Dimitar Chukarski, Kiril Gumnerov, Kasim Dal, Korman Ismailov, Mario Tagarinski, Ognyan Peychev, Stoyan Ivanov, and Todor Velikov - are former representatives of all formations in Parliament except for the ruling party GERB and the opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party.

The opposition can hope to rally 94 votes in its best-case scenario - 40 from BSP (Bulgarian Socialist Party), 35 from DPS (Movement for Rights and Freedoms), 14 from the Blue Coalition, and 5 from RZS (Order, Law and Justice).

Today's vote comes on the heels of Monday's seven-hour debate on the motives behind the procedure and an hour and a half speech of Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov in which he explained his alleged mistakes with the legacy of the previous governments. (Source: Sofia News Agency)

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