Opposition GERB Party Files Second No-confidence Motion against Socialist-led Cabinet
Friday, 11 October 2013
Opposition centre-right party GERB filed a second no-confidence motion against the Socialist-backed government over it policy in regional development and infrastructure.
“None of the sectoral sub-policies with which this ministry [of regional development] should be engaged, is in progress," a statement posted on the party's website quoted Lilyana Pavlova, MP and former minister of regional development and public works, as saying.
The investment process in the country is blocked, the ministries of investment planning and of regional development are not functioning, and it is not clear how the regions in the country will be financed and run, Pavlova told the Bulgarian National Television. The government is taking credits for big infrastructure projects instead of providing grant funding, she added.
The no-confidence motion needs 121 votes to pass. GERB has 97 MPs in the 240-seat Parliament, the Socialists’ Coalition For Bulgaria controls 84 seats, the ethnic Turks Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) have 36, and ultra-nationalist Ataka’s MPs number 23.
The cabinet, headed by former finance minister Plamen Oresharski, is backed by the Socialists and the MRF, and enjoys the tacit support of Ataka.
Earlier this month it survived a no-confidence vote requested by GERB over its investment planning policy. GERB announced at the beginning of October it will file over a short period of time a series no-confidence motions over the government's policy in various spheres.