A government crisis erupted in Bulgaria. On Wednesday, June 22, the Bulgarian parliament passed a vote of no confidence in the cabinet led by pro-European Prime Minister Kiril Petkov, who took office only six months ago. Then Petkov replaced the long-term prime minister Boyko Borisov, against whom allegations of corruption were made.
Now Borisov heads the largest opposition party, Citizens for the European Development of Bulgaria (GERB), which initiated a vote of no confidence in the Petkov government. Thousands of people took to the streets of Sofia, demonstrating support for the prime minister who lost power. Bulgarian President Rumen Radev again instructed Petkov to form a cabinet, but in case of failure, new parliamentary elections could be held in the country.
Problems in the ruling coalition
About two weeks ago, the ruling left-liberal coalition led by Petkov lost its absolute parliamentary majority after the populist party There Are Such a People, led by singer Slavi Trifonov, left it. Contradictions in the coalition escalated after the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. At the end of April, the Russian concern Gazprom suspends gas supplies to Bulgaria.
Unsuccessful Detention of Boyko Borisov
Earlier, on March 17, Boyko Borisov was detained on suspicion of embezzlement of EU funds, but only a day later was released, after which Kiril Petkov accused the prosecutor’s office of sabotaging his fight against corruption. Having come to power, Petkov promised to fight to turn Bulgaria into a normal European state, “successful, without the mafia.”
Boyko Borisov headed the Bulgarian government from July 2009 to March 2013, from November 2014 to January 2017 and from May 2017 to May 2021. Among other things, he is suspected of taking bribes from one of the lottery magnates in exchange for a refund of taxes paid.