“There will definitely not be an extraordinary parliamentary sitting on Monday because the proposal was submitted too late, and that would be a breach of the rules of organization and procedure,” Iva Miteva, President of the National Assembly said for bTV.
She added that she did not know when parliament will be dissolved but that she hopes that on Wednesday, the MPs will hold a regular sitting. That is why she urged President Rumen Radev not to dissolve the National Assembly before that.
At the proposal of “Democratic Bulgaria” and “Stand Up, BG! We Are Coming!”, an extraordinary sitting on Monday was supposed to consider, at second reading, the act regarding the transfer of the Bureau for Witness Protection from the Prosecutor General to the Ministry of Justice.
At a briefing held later, Maya Manolova from “Stand Up, BG1 We Are Coming!” stated that by refusing to convene an extraordinary sitting of the National Assembly, Iva Miteva is breaching the Constitution. In Maya Manolova’s words if one-fifth of the MPs request it, then the President of the National Assembly is obligated to comply with their wishes.
On Facebook, Hristo Ivanov, co-chair of “Democratic Bulgaria”, urged Iva Miteva to call a plenary sitting of the National Assembly tomorrow, or on Tuesday morning at the latest. In his words there are enough examples that when something is a genuine priority, then a procedural solution can be found.