The president Bulgaria Rumen Radev announced the dissolution of the country’s parliament and scheduled early parliamentary elections for October 2. The relevant decree appeared on the website of the head of state on Monday, August 1.
“President Rumen Radev signed a decree dissolving the 47th People’s Assembly from August 2 and appointing elections to the People’s Assembly for October 2, 2022,” the message says.
The dissolution of the National Assembly of Bulgaria took place after the Parliament announced vote of no confidence to the pro-European government of Kiril Petkov and could not agree on the formation of a new cabinet of ministers. Previously, the ruling left-liberal coalition led by Petkov lost its absolute parliamentary majority after the populist party “There are such a people” left it.
The technical government was headed by Gylyb Donev
By another decree, Radeev also appointed a technical government, headed by Gylyb Donev, who previously held the post of secretary in the administration of the head of state. This happened against the backdrop of economic problems in the country, which, due to the war in Ukraine and the cessation of gas supplies from Russia, faced high inflation, the agency notes. Reuters.
The new cabinet will work from August 2 until early parliamentary elections. The interim government is expected to take a softer stance on Russia, which could include efforts to restart Russian gas imports, Reuters reported. In addition, Donev may try to mend relations with Moscow after the Petkov government expelled 70 Russian diplomats on suspicion of espionage, the agency admits.
In April, the Russian “Gazprom” completely stopped gas supplies to Bulgaria and Poland because of the countries’ refusal to pay for fuel in rubles. In early June, Azerbaijan and Bulgaria agreed on gas supplies via the IGB interconnector connected to the Trans Adriatic Gas Pipeline (TAP). The deliveries were agreed for 25 years.