Bulgarian President Withdraws Confidence in Government

  • "This government and administration are leading to the collapse of the state and depriving us of our future as a nation."
  • The GERB parliamentary group stated that under the Constitution, the president has no right to refuse confidence in the government.
  • The parliamentary group of the left, BSP for Bulgaria, expressed solidarity with the president.

In an appeal to the people, Bulgarian President Rumen Radev on Tuesday officially announced that he had withdrawn confidence in the government, since it does not act in the interests of citizens. Stressing that for three years he had been urging the government to work responsibly, Radev said that he was doing this not as a political opponent, but as the head of state, concerned about the future of Bulgaria.

Rumen Radev is a Bulgarian politician and former Major General who is the current President of Bulgaria since January 22, 2017. He won the 2016 presidential election, as an independent candidate supported by the Bulgarian Socialist Party.

“This government and administration are leading to the collapse of the state and depriving us of our future as a nation. All of this must be brought to an end. As of today, I am officially withdrawing my confidence in the government, which is not acting in the interest of Bulgarian citizens and is responsible for the acute crisis in our society.” Radev added that “for three years, I have been calling on the government to act responsibly and effectively in the interest of Bulgarian citizens.”

According to the president, the burning of waste coming from abroad poisons the air. Bulgaria is not a dump, and no one has the right to put the health of the Bulgarians at stake so that a handful of businessmen who use state protection benefit from this. On Wednesday, major parliamentary forces issued retaliatory declarations in this regard.

The GERB parliamentary group stated that under the Constitution, the president has no right to refuse confidence in the government, only parliament and voters have this right. The United Patriots Coalition emphasized that “it’s bad when a person personifying the unity of the nation enters the war.” They called for dialogue and normalization of relations between institutions of power.

Boyko Borisov is a Bulgarian politician who has been serving as Prime Minister of Bulgaria since May 2017. He was the founding chairman of the conservative political party Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB), and served as Prime Minister on two previous occasions.

The DPS party challenged the decision of the head of state, saying that he has the right to express an opinion, but not confidence. The parliamentary group of the left, BSP for Bulgaria, expressed solidarity with the president. Radev’s appeal has become the dominant topic in the Bulgarian media.

Political analysts say that with loud words but without real deeds, the president does not win supporters but loses his political weight. Those analysts admit that Radev is gaining sympathy in society, demonstrating that it is radically breaking ties with the government. His predecessor is much more critical of the current head of the Bulgarian state. According to a Bulgarian politician, Rosen Plevneliev, the president-general needs a war because he has no idea and he “declared war on the government, whose goal is to prevent Bulgaria from joining the Eurozone.”

The press quotes the opinion of the leader of the Bulgarian Socialist Party, Korneliya Ninova, who completely agrees with the reasons why President Rumen Radev refused to trust the government of Boyko Borisov. Pointing out that the same motives were at the core of the BSP vote of no confidence in the government, rejected by parliament last week, Ninova called on everyone who wants change to unite.

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