The Sofia government was overthrown by a no-confidence vote

Grill Petkov, co-chair of the Bulgarian anti-corruption party “We continue to change.”

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Bulgarian Prime Minister Krill Petkov wanted to fight corruption. But his coalition government faced more and more problems. Now, six months later, that’s history.

Sofia. In Bulgaria, the pro-Western government of Prime Minister Grill Petko was ousted six months later in a no-confidence vote.

In Sofia’s parliament, a majority of 124 delegates voted in favor of the bourgeois opposition GERB’s motion. Petkov was supported by only 115 delegates. His Liberal-Socialist Alliance lost an absolute majority in parliament two weeks ago after a populist party withdrew. Now the new election may come.

Petco’s government has been in office since December. He vowed to fight widespread corruption in the poorest EU country and reform the judiciary. Petkov blamed his predecessors, Poiko Borisso (GERB) and Russia for his downfall. After the defeat, he said: “This vote is a small step on a very long road. One day we will be in Bulgaria without behind-the-scenes activities, without the mafia.”

Is it still with Petco?

GERB justified its application as a “government failure in fiscal and economic policy.” Inflation in Bulgaria was 15.6 percent in May. On the day of the no-confidence vote, motorists staged a protest in front of parliament, condemning the rise in fuel prices.

Entertainer Slavi Tryphono’s popular IDN party has recently fired four of its ministers from the previous four – party government in protest of Bedko’s northern Macedonia policy. Tryphonov accused the head of government of wanting to offer concessions to the neighboring country. Bulgaria has been blocking the start of EU member talks with northern Macedonia since the end of 2020.

According to the constitution, Petco’s anti-corruption party “We are constantly making changes” is now engaged in the task of forming a new government. With 67 MPs, it has the largest committee in the 240-seat parliament – but does not have its own majority. Considering the fact that the parties are at odds with each other, experts do not rule out new elections in the fall.

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