Opposition Boycotts Parliamentary Sitting on Election Code Amendments

Opposition Boycotts Parliamentary Sitting on Election Code Amendments

The opposition parties boycotted Friday's parliamentary sitting which was scheduled to put to the vote amendments to the Election Code, after the ruling centre-right party GERB rejected most of the texts they had proposed.

Following two unsuccessful attempts to open the sitting, parliament chair Tsetska Tsacheva called it off for Wednesday due to lack of quorum, state-run Bulgarian News Agency reported.

According to GERB deputy floor leader Iskra Fidossova, all parliamentary represented parties had agreed on the amendments in principle and, in her words, the opposition is trying to manipulate the debate by squabbling over insignificant details.

Later on Friday, prime minister Boiko Borisov rejected the opposition's demands for holding consultations on the Election Code amendments, saying that if the opposition MPs refuse to debate the proposed amendments, they will be scrapped, the state-run Bulgarian National Radio reported.

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