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Returning centrist premier Borisov may have his hands full as country looks ahead to its EU presidency.5 May 2017
Bulgaria’s parliament voted yesterday to endorse a coalition government of the center-right GERB party and a loose alliance of three nationalist parties. The incoming government will be closely watched as the country prepares to take over the six-month rotating presidency of the European Council from January 2018.
A total of 133 lawmakers voted in favor while 100 voted against the cabinet, ensuring GERB leader Boyko Borisov of a third term as prime minister, national broadcaster BNT reported.
Speaking in the parliament, Borisov said healthcare will be a “strategic priority” for his cabinet, along with “Euro-Atlantic integration, incomes and money for education and science,” Bulgarian National Radio reported.
Months after Rumen Radev, a Socialist with strong ties to Russia, was elected president, many eyes will be on the populist, anti-migrant United Patriots, the first far-right group to join a Bulgarian government.
Socialist leader Kornelia Ninova, whose party is the second largest in the parliament, lashed out at what she called a “serious departure from the campaign commitments” made by GERB and the United Patriots, and the chairman of the predominantly Turkish Movement for Rights and Freedoms, Mustafa Karadayi, hit out at Borisov for nominating United Patriot co-leader Valery Simeonov as deputy prime minister in charge of demographic policy.
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