Challenges in Electing the 50th National Assembly Speaker in Bulgaria

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Challenges in Electing the 50th National Assembly Speaker in Bulgaria

Following the unsuccessful election of the 50th National Assembly Speaker on the parliament's opening day on June 19, the first session of the new parliament members is ongoing. During yesterday's proceedings, Members of Parliament (MPs) took their oath of office and participated in two voting rounds to elect a speaker. The initial round featured four candidates - Raya Nazaryan from GERB-SDS, Petar Petrov from Vazrazhdane, Silvi Kirilov from ITN, and Juliana Mateeva from Velichie. However, no candidate secured the required support, leading to a second round where the top two candidates, Raya Nazarian and Petar Petrov, failed to garner adequate backing.

In response to the challenges faced during the first parliamentary session, GERB leader Boyko Borissov mentioned that the situation indicated a trajectory towards elections. On the other hand, Delyan Peevski, the chairman of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF), urged parties to show humility and hoped for a resolution amid the complexities of the speaker's election. This occurrence is not unprecedented, as reflected by the previous parliamentary term where a similar drama unfolded during the 49th Parliament's speaker election, lasting for a week.