In Bulgaria, political blocs agree to form government led by two rotating prime ministers

By Nicolas Camut, 23 May
Flag of Bulgaria (photo credit: Maxim Studio/
Flag of Bulgaria (photo credit: Maxim Studio/
A coalition of Bulgarian parties on [22 May] agreed to form a government tasked with uprooting corruption and led by two rotating prime ministers — one of whom will be former European Commissioner for Innovation Mariya Gabriel. The coalition’s main goal will be to implement constitutional reforms in the first half of its mandate, particularly targeting the judiciary in a country plagued by high-level corruption. [...] Bulgaria’s center-right GERB party and the anti-corruption alliance led by We Continue the Change and Democratic Bulgaria (PP-DB) will form a grand coalition government, the two parties announced [on 22 May] according to local media. The agreement will last for the next year and a half: the PP-DB’s PM designate, Nikolay Denkov, will lead the government for the first nine months, with Gabriel as his deputy and foreign minister. Denkov will then swap seats with Gabriel, who was the GERB party’s pick for PM. “PP-DB will propose a government that can implement a constitutional reform, fulfil all the requirements related to the country’s full membership in the EU [and] implement comprehensive judicial reform,” Denkov said Monday according to Mediapool. The grand coalition has also been tasked with reintroducing electronic voting, as part of an effort to tackle electoral fraud.
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