site.btaUPDATED Continue the Change Co-leader Petkov: Bulgarian Citizens Will Watch "Borissov's Show" Next Week
Former prime minister and Continue the Change Co-chair Kiril Petkov said in an interview for the Bulgarian National Radio on Sunday that all Bulgarian citizens will watch "Borissov's Show" next week, commenting on the upcoming handing of the government formation mandate to GERB-UDF. He added that he expects "monologues, team play, and analysts saying how hard GERB-UDF are trying to form a government, but they cannot".
Petkov said that he did not believe "all the talk" about a government of experts. According to him, experts will be biased and dependent on GERB leader Boyko Borissov.
Petkov also said that the only way for Bulgaria to have a regular government was through a minority cabinet with the second government-forming mandate, as proposed by Continue the Change and Democratic Bulgaria. However, it is impossible to have a minority government that is counter-corruption, reformist and backed by a parliament which in the middle of the night manages to steal Bulgarian citizens’ chance at having fair elections. Petkov was referring to the December 1 parliamentary sitting that continued until 3 am so that the MPs could adopt second-reading revisions to the Election Code reinstating voting by paper ballots alongside machine voting.
According to Petkov, the option where GERB, the Movement for Rights and Freedom (MRF), and the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) form a paper ballot coalition for the third government-forming mandate, is hard to make a reality. By voting in favour of paper ballots, these parties showed they do not want a government but new early elections where the newly amended election rules will be applied, Petkov argued.
If the third cabinet-forming mandate goes to Bulgarian Rise, as the smallest parliamentary group they cannot influence the majority in Parliament in any direction and the one to actually rule would be GERB, the MRF, and the BSP or GERB, the MRF and Vazrazhdane, Petkov went on to say.
Later on Sunday, Continue the Change co-leader Assen Vassilev said on Nova TV that the conditions set by his party and Democratic Bulgaria have not been met so they will most probably return unfulfilled the second government-forming mandate. Vassilev also said that there currently is very close interaction between the caretaker government and GERB. There have been quite a lot of meetings between the President and Borissov in the last several months, they are coordinating their actions both in terms of reinstating cadres and of restoring vicious practices.