The Bulgarian Parliament announced a vote of no confidence in the country’s government, headed by Prime Minister Kirill Petkov.
As reported by Ukrinform with reference to Politico123 deputies out of 239 voted for the resignation of the Cabinet of Ministers.
Petkov’s opponents accused him of insufficient efforts to fight inflation and active support for North Macedonia in its quest to become a candidate for EU membership.
Petkov himself placed the blame on Russia, as well as on the mafia, which he says has great influence on the country’s political elite.
According to the publication, Petkov, who came to power six months ago under the slogan of fighting corruption, made significant efforts to ensure that after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Bulgaria took a tough stance towards Moscow.
Among the people who contributed to the removal of his government, Petkov pointed, in particular, to the Russian ambassador to Bulgaria, and accused the Russian Federation of having influence on lawmakers from the far-right Renaissance party.
Politico recalls that the collapse of the four-party coalition in Bulgaria began with a party led by former TV show host Slava Trifonov. he stated disagreements over the budget and accused Petkov of being too soft on North Macedonia.
A significant part of politicians in Bulgaria believes that Trifonov’s move was due to his connections with the mafia.
In any case, the publication concludes, if Petkov fails to reformat the coalition, Bulgaria will face the fourth general election since April 2021.