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Parliament Unable to Sit for Lack of Quorum, Chair Election Rules Not Laid Down
Parliament Unable to Sit for Lack of Quorum, Chair Election Rules Not Laid Down
Acting National Assembly Chair Miroslav Ivanov (BTA Photo)

Parliament on Wednesday failed to ensure the requisite quorum of 121 MPs to hold a regular sitting, which had on the agenda adopting the rules of procedure for nomination of a new Parliament Chair. The previous Chair, Nikola Minchev, was dismissed after four parliamentary groups submitted a draft resolution on his early release on June 15.

Acting National Assembly Chair Miroslav Ivanov requested to have the absent political parties publicly announced, "so that one can clearly see which MPs are here doing their job conscientiously and which are not". The absent parties were GERB-UDF, the Movement for Rights and Freedoms, There Is Such a People (TISP), and Vazrazhdane: the same political groups that voted to have Minchev dismissed.

Nastimir Ananiev MP of the ruling Continue the Change party commented that the newly formed majority around the MRF took the slogan "Mafia out!" literally and decided to stay out of the plenary.

MRF floor leader Mustafa Karadayi told reporters that his party should not be blamed for the lack of quorum, since having a quorum is a responsibility of the ruling parties rather than the opposition. That opinion is also shared by GERB floor leader Dessislava Atanassova.

Socialist floor leader Georgi Svilenski disagreed with that assumption "because there has been a new majority in Parliament since last Thursday". He called the failed Parliamentary sitting "yet another sabotage".

Asked by the press why her There Is Such a People group did not go in the plenary for the sitting, Iva Miteva MP said that they are part of the opposition now.

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