New Health Minister appointed

New Health Minister appointed

With 148 votes in favour, 53 against and two abstentions Parliament appointed Professor Anna Maria Borissova as the new Health Minister.She succeeds Bozhidar Nanev who was forced to resign from his post on March 30 after prosecutors pressed charges against him in the case of the purchase of 200 000 packs of the antiviral drug Tamiflu during the worldwide outbreak of influenza A (H1N1) in December 2009.During the two-hour long debates on her appointment in Parliament on April 21 2010, new Health Minister Anna Maria Borissova  reserved her right not to answer questions and gave no indication about her plans for reform in the sector.Her candidacy was supported by the ruling party GERB, ultra-nationalist Ataka party and the right-wing Blue Coalition. The other three parties - the two former ruling parties, the Bulgarian Socialist Party and the Movement for Rights and Freedoms and the centre-right Order, Law and Justice party - voted against.When Borissov announced Anna Maria Borissova as his nomination for the post he said that one of her best qualities was that she lacked any particular communication skills and, unlike her predecessor, Nanev, would not be receptive to dialogue from all sides, a tendency that he claimed had slowed down reform efforts.

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