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Bulgaria''s new parliament convenes for first session

Bulgaria''s new parliament convenes for first session
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Sofia (Bulgaria), Jul 21 (AP) Bulgaria''s new parliament convened Wednesday for its first session since the country''s July 11 election.

The second election in just three months elevated an anti-elite party as the winner to edge out Boyko Borissov''s center right GERB party for the first time since 2009.

The country''s president will give the party There is Such a People, led by popular television entertainer Slavi Trifonov, a mandate to form a government under the terms of the Bulgarian Constitution.

The party''s nominee for parliamentary speaker, legal expert Iva Miteva, was elected to the position in a 137-1 vote Wednesday. There were 99 abstentions.

Even though the new party won the most seats in the election at 65, it fell well short of the majority needed to form a government on its own.

Five other parties have made it into the 240-seat chamber including Borissov''s GERB with 63 seats.

The Socialist Party came in third with 36 seats, followed by the liberal anti-corruption group Democratic Bulgaria with 34 seats, the ethnic Turkish MRF party with 29 seats and the center-left alliance Stand Up! We are Coming! with 13 legislators.

Trifonov''s party had declared before the vote that it would form a coalition only with two other groups that were part of last year''s massive street protests against Borissov''s government. But the results show that their combined seats don''t command a majority in parliament.

Analysts predict that despite the widespread desire for change after months of protests, the vote failed to resolve the political impasse, and a possible fresh round of elections would only add to the woes of the European Union''s poorest member country. (AP) IND


Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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