Parliament Votes in New Cabinet

Parliament Votes in New Cabinet

The National Assembly voted in the cabinet of the Socialists’ Coalition For Bulgaria and the ethnic Turks’ Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) on Wednesday.
The government, which will be headed by former finance minister Plamen Oresharski, was backed by 119 MPs of the Coalition For Bulgaria and the MRF. All the MPs of the centre-right GERB party voted against, as did the leader of the ultra-nationalist Ataka party.
GERB has 97 MPs in the 240-seat Parliament, the Socialists control 84 seats, the MRF have 36 and Ataka’s MPs number 23. The MPs of Ataka, except for the party leader, did not take part in the vote.
Following the vote, the new cabinet took oath.
Presenting his cabinet before parliament, Oresharski said he would prioritise strengthening democracy, the country's economic recovery, promoting entrepreneurship and securing social justice.
Oresharski, an MP of the Coalition For Bulgaria, was finance minister in the 2005 - 2009 coalition government comprising the Socialists, the centrist NDSV party led by former king Simeon Saxe-Coburg Gotha, and MRF, and deputy finance minister in the 1997 - 2001 cabinet of the right-wing Union of Democratic Forces.
Last week GERB turned down a mandate by the president to form a government after failing to secure support from the other parliamentary groups. The president then handed a mandate for the formation of a government to the second biggest political formation in parliament, the Coalition For Bulgaria.
GERB's cabinet resigned in February after street rallies across the country started as a protest against high electricity bills but escalated into anti-government marches. Snap elections were held earlier in May. 
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