Bulgaria to hold snap elections on 11 July

"If we reach the same stalemate after these new elections, Bulgaria could fall into not only a political but also a constitutional crisis," the president said. [Shutterstock/ rawf8]

Bulgarian President Rumen Radev will schedule early parliamentary elections for 11 July after parties voted into parliament following elections held just a month ago failed to form the required majority to govern.

Radev also said he will appoint a caretaker government to at least run for the next two months.

The parliament elected following elections held on 4 April only worked for about a month, making it the shortest-lived national assembly in the country’s history. During its short stint, lawmakers managed to change the country’s electoral law and removed voting restrictions for Bulgarians living abroad.

“If we reach the same stalemate after these new elections, Bulgaria could fall into not only a political but also a constitutional crisis,” the president warned.

Radev called on all parties and coalitions to rethink their priorities and behaviour in the name of the current public agenda – restoring democratic institutions, the rule of law, the fight against the pandemic, and poverty.

(Krassen Nikolov | EURACTIV.bg)

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