Bulgaria renews interim prime minister ahead of third 2021 elections
SOFIA, Sept.16 (Reuters) – Bulgarian President Rumen Radev on Thursday reappointed interim Prime Minister Stefan Yanev to lead an interim government until the country holds its third round of parliamentary elections this year on the 14th. November, after inconclusive votes in April and July.
The new interim government is expected to submit a national plan to Brussels to tap into significant EU funds for coronavirus recovery and help the country cope with a surge in new infections as well as the possible arrival of migrants in from Afghanistan.
The poorest member state of the European Union is struggling to form a regular government after dismissing former center-right prime minister Boyko Borisov after nearly a decade of political domination. Read more
Public anger over widespread corruption brought Borisov down, but feuds and rivalries prevented his political opponents from forging a majority government in parliament.
Radev, who is running for re-election as president in a vote to be held the same day in November, reappointed Yanev and all the acting ministers who took office in May after the April vote. , except for three.
“You have already proven that you have the stamina to face a difficult legacy and work for the future of Bulgaria,” Radev, a harsh critic of Borissov, said at a Yanev inauguration ceremony .
Yanev’s first interim cabinet has been popular with some for revealing that Borisov’s government has spent billions of taxpayer dollars on infrastructure projects without proper supply, among other shortcomings.
He also pushed through a revised state budget to provide support for businesses and retirees amid a fourth wave of the pandemic. But it has failed to significantly increase vaccinations against the virus, and the country has the lowest vaccination rate in the bloc. Read more
Two of its most popular members, Economy Minister Kiril Petkov and Finance Minister Assen Vassilev, will not be part of the new administration as they will launch their own political faction to drive change ahead of the November elections.
Radev has appointed Valery Beltchev, a Harvard University graduate with long experience in banking and public finance, as interim finance minister.
Compared Tsvetelia Tsolova; edited by Christian Schmollinger, Robert Birsel and Hugh Lawson
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