April 19, Bulgarian President Rumen Radev held consultations with representatives of the six parties in the new parliament on the formation of a new cabinet, in order of the number of seats, the Bulgarian National News Agency reported.
In the morning, Radev communicated with representatives of the Civic Party, the largest party in parliament, the second largest party, the One Nation party and the third largest party, the Socialist Party. In the afternoon, Radev will also consult with three other political parties.
Voting in Bulgaria’s parliamentary elections is held on April 4. The results of the elections released on April 10th showed that a coalition of political parties led by Prime Minister Borisov’s ruling Bulgarian Citizens Party and the Alliance of Democratic Forces won 25.80 percent of the vote, winning 75 of the 240 seats in the National Assembly, making it the largest political force in parliament.
In second place was the “One Nation” party, which was formed in 2019, with 17.40 per cent of the vote and 51 seats, followed by the Bulgarian Socialist Party’s coalition.
By law, a new cabinet needs the support of more than half of the members of parliament to be formed. In this election, the Civic Party’s coalition of political parties won only 75 seats, a wide margin of half of the seats.
According to Bulgarian law, after the election, the President of Bulgaria will nominate the party or coalition of political parties that have won the most seats in parliament to form a government. If it fails to form a government, the president will nominate the second largest party in parliament to form a government. If he fails to form a government, the president will nominate any party in parliament to form a government. If the parties are unable to reach an agreement on forming a government, a caretaker government will be appointed and a new general election will be held.
After the results of the Bulgarian parliamentary elections were announced, the road to forming a government was widely predicted to be difficult, and Prime Minister Borisov also said that the Bulgarian Civic Party would not re-elect himself as the new Prime Minister.