Boyko Borissov returns as Bulgarian PM

The defeat of the CEDB candidate in the 2016 presidential election precipitated the resignation on 14 November of the existing CEDB and RB minority government. After three party leaders had successively returned the mandate to form a new government, early elections were then called as required by the constitution. (The outgoing president had first offered the mandate on 2 December to outgoing prime minister Boyko Borissov, in office from July 2009 until 21 February 2013 and again from 5 November 2014, but he immediately returned it. The leader of the second-placed BSP also immediately returned the mandate offered to him on 7 December. On 13 December the mandate was offered to Rumen Hristov of the RB; he returned it on 21 December.) Incoming President Radev named former speaker Ognyan Gerdzhikov as caretaker prime minister on 24 January 2017, tasked with overseeing the run-up to early elections on 26 March. Gerdzhikov’s cabinet, comprising a few party members but mostly technocrats, was announced the following day and took office on 27 January. Following the March 2017 elections, the CEDB signed a coalition agreement with the UP on 27 April and Borissov was given the mandate the same day. To bolster its slim majority, the coalition was to be backed in the Assembly by Will. A new cabinet was announced on 3 May and was approved by the Assembly the following day.

Parties:
Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (CEDB);
Reformist Bloc (RB);
Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP);
United Patriots (UP; alliance of IMRO – Bulgarian National Movement (IMRO–BNM), National Front for the Salvation of Bulgaria (NFSB) and Attack);
Will (Volya).

* = new minister           † = change of portfolio

*Boyko BORISSOV……………………………… (CEDB)……………. Prime Minister

*Tomislav DONCHEV………………………… (CEDB)……………. Deputy Prime Minister

*Valeri SIMEONOV…………………………….. (UP)………………… Deputy Prime Minister for Economic and Demographic Policy

*Krasimir KARAKACHANOV…………….. (UP)………………… Deputy Prime Minister for Public Order and Security; Minister of Defence

*Ekaterina GECHEVA-ZAHARIEVA (f) (CEDB)…………….. Deputy Prime Minister for Judicial Reform; Minister of Foreign Affairs

*Vladislav GORANOV………………………… (CEDB)……………. Finance

*Valentin RADEV……………………………….. (CEDB)……………. Interior

*Nikolay NANKOV……………………………… (CEDB)……………. Regional Development and Public Works

*Biser PETKOV…………………………………… (CEDB)……………. Labour and Social Policy

*Tsetska DANGOVSKA (f)………………….. (CEDB)……………. Justice

*Krasimir VALCHEV………………………….. (CEDB)……………. Education and Science

*Nikolay PETROV………………………………. (CEDB)……………. Healthcare

*Lilyana PAVLOVA (f)……………………….. (CEDB)……………. Preparation for the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU Council in 2018

*Boil BANOV………………………………………. (CEDB)……………. Culture

*Neno DIMOV…………………………………….. (UP)………………… Environment and Water

*Rumen POROZHANOV…………………….. (CEDB)……………. Agriculture, Food and Forestry

*Ivaylo MOSKOVSKI………………………….. (CEDB)……………. Transport, Information Technologies and Communications

*Emil KARANIKOLOV………………………… (UP)………………… Economy

*Temenuzhka PETKOVA (f)……………….. (CEDB)……………. Energy

*Nikolina ANGELKOVA (f)…………………. (CEDB)……………. Tourism

*Krasen KRALEV………………………………… (CEDB)……………. Youth and Sport

 

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