Bulgarian populist TISP party to form minority government - leader

Bulgarian populist TISP party to form minority government - leader

Populist political formation There Is Such a People (TISP), which received the largest number of votes in Bulgaria's snap general election last month but failed to win outright majority, aims to form a minority government, TISP leader, former TV talk show host Slavi Trifonov, said.

"The first political force will form a minority cabinet," Trifonov said in a video file posted on his Facebook profile on Sunday, after TISP received a mandate from the country's president Rumen Radev on July 30 to try to put together the country's next government and designated business person Plamen Nikolov for prime minister.

Nikolov has seven days to win the support of at least 121 of 240 MPs in Bulgaria's fragmented parliament. TISP won the early general election held on July 11 but has only 65 MPs. None of the other five political forces that entered parliament has declared that it would unconditionally back a cabinet proposed by TISP.

On Monday, TISP said it invited pro-reform Democratic Bulgaria coalition, the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) and Rise Up, Thugs Out! political formation renamed to Rise Up.BG, We're Coming after the vote, for consultations on Tuesday on the minority government list that it intends to propose. The four groups control 148 seats in parliament among themselves.

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