Bulgarian government loses no-confidence vote, early elections loom

22/6/2022 9:28:00 PM

Ukraine-Russia Crisis: Bulgarian government loses no-confidence vote, early elections loom - Reuters

Ukraine-Russia Crisis: Bulgarian government loses no-confidence vote, early elections loom - Reuters

SOFIA (June 22): A no-confidence vote on Wednesday toppled Bulgaria's government and Prime Minister Kiril Petkov, who had pledged to tackle corruption and took an unusually strong stance against Russia.Opposition lawmakers brought down the government — which took power six months ago — on a 123-116 vote after the ruling coalition lost its majority over disputes on Budget spending and whether Bulgaria should unlock North Macedonia's EU accession.They accused the government of failing to implement fiscal and economic policies

SOFIA (June 22): A no-confidence vote on Wednesday toppled Bulgaria's government and Prime Minister Kiril Petkov, who had pledged to tackle corruption and took an unusually strong stance against Russia.Opposition lawmakers brought down the government — which took power six months ago — on a 123-116 vote after the ruling coalition lost its majority over disputes on Budget spending and whether Bulgaria should unlock North Macedonia's EU accession.

They accused the government of failing to implement fiscal and economic policies to tame surging inflation in the European Union's poorest member state.Bulgaria now faces possibly its fourth general election since April 2021, putting at risk millions of euros from EU recovery funds and its plans to adopt the euro in 2024.

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Opposition lawmakers brought down the government — which took power six months ago — on a 123-116 vote after the ruling coalition lost its majority over disputes on Budget spending and whether Bulgaria should unlock North Macedonia's EU accession. They accused the government of failing to implement fiscal and economic policies to tame surging inflation in the European Union's poorest member state. The visits will take place after he attends the Group of Seven meeting in Germany on June 26-28. Bulgaria now faces possibly its fourth general election since April 2021, putting at risk millions of euros from EU recovery funds and its plans to adopt the euro in 2024. “It’s just hell out there,“ he added, referring to Severodonetsk, which has been heavily shelled for weeks by Russian forces who are trying to gain complete control of the city. "This vote is only one small step in a very long way," Petkov said following the vote. He plans to discuss the global food crisis and peace efforts during the visits, she added."What they fail to understand is that this is not the way to win the Bulgarian people. In a statement to Reuters, IEA chief Fatih Birol said Russia might continue to find excuses to cut supplies or halt them altogether as winter approached.

" Petkov, a 42-year-old Harvard graduate who had pledged to combat corruption, has taken a strong pro-European and pro-NATO position since Russia invaded Ukraine, an unusual stance for a country traditionally friendly toward Moscow. Non-Aligned Movement In Indonesia, rising food prices have dented Jokowi’s popularity, prompting him to replace the trade and agrarian ministers after a series of policy u-turns failed to improve a shortage in cooking oil and other foodstuffs. Gaiday said Russian forces were “trying to encircle the city” of Lysychansk but that Ukrainian forces still controlled the city. Petkov sacked his Defence Minister in February for refusing to call the Russian invasion of Ukraine"war", backed EU sanctions against Moscow and agreed to repair Ukraine's heavy military machinery while stopping short of sending arms to Kyiv. The ensuing political gridlock may also hinder Bulgaria's efforts to secure stable natural gas inflows after Moscow cut gas deliveries to the country, which was almost completely reliant on Russian gas, over Sofia's refusal to pay in roubles. Malaysia has partly banned exports of chicken, while Indonesia temporarily halted shipments of edible oil in April and May. Deputy Prime Minister Assen Vassilev expressed hope Parliament would still vote to approve Budget changes drafted to raise state pensions and support households as food and fuel prices surge.” In Severodonetsk however, hundreds of civilians seeking refuge in the Azot chemical plant were unable to leave due to the scale of the fighting, he said. The former coalition partner ITN left the government after accusing Petkov of disregarding Bulgaria's interests by pushing to lift its veto on North Macedonia's EU accession talks under pressure from its EU and NATO allies.5 billion (US$1. "With the very rogue moves we are observing from the Putin administration in terms of Gazprom lowering the flow very suddenly, we are doing some very important measures, but all of those measures are temporary," she added.

Petkov has argued that any decision on the veto would be put to vote in Parliament and accused the leadership of populist ITN party of deliberately hindering the Cabinet's anti-graft agenda. Petkov has rejected any coalition talks with Opposition parties in the chamber but will seek defections from lawmakers to garner enough support for a new government and avoid early elections. Jokowi’s move to engage with both Putin and Zelenskiy is notable, given Indonesia has refrained from directly criticizing Russia and turned down Ukraine’s call for weapons aid. President Rumen Radev is required to call elections within two months and appoint a caretaker administration should Petkov fail to cobble together a majority for a new Cabinet and if two other parties in Parliament cannot form a government. The motion against the ruling coalition was proposed by the Opposition GERB party of former Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, which is likely to benefit from fresh polls alongside pro-Russian parties like nationalist Revival in a society polarised by economic problems and the Ukraine war. The trip “has the potential for Indonesia to return to what has been its traditional position that is a bit more active, rather than what had been until now a more passive, neutral, not taking sides,” said Marty Natalegawa, who was Indonesia’s foreign minister from 2009 to 2014. Annual inflation surged to 24-year high in May to 15. while we may temporarily increase our use of coal, the long term direction is clear," added Bardram, who headed the European Commission's delegation to the 2015 Paris Climate talks.

6%.” Subscribe to Mid-day email alert We deliver news to your inbox daily. Finance Minister Assen Vassilev has said the rise was mainly due to high energy and food prices, driven by the war in Ukraine. Subscribe to Mid-day email alert We deliver news to your inbox daily .