Plamen Nikolov is a candidate for Prime Minister of Bulgaria

SOFIA, BM, ($1= 1.65 Bulgarian Levas) – On July 30, at exactly 17:00, the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, Rumen Radev, handed over an exploratory mandate to form a government from the party that won the elections on June, 11 of There Is Such a People [in Bulgarian IMA TAKAV NAROD – ITN]. The mandate was handed over to the candidate for Prime Minister and MP from ITN Plamen Nikolov.

Plamen Nikolov is a candidate for Prime Minister of Bulgaria
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Earlier in the day, Bulgarian media circulated the name of another ITN member, Petar Iliev. They cited sources from some of the parties represented in parliament, but no official information from the ITN. According to the official information disseminated by the chairman of ITN Slavi Trifonov and later by a comment of Plamen Nikolov in the TV show Panorama, his nomination [Plamen Nikolov nomination – ed.] was raised two weeks ago, after a conversation between him and the party leadership.

Information about Plamen Nikolov is scarce. His official business card shows that Plamen Nikolov is a Doctor of Philosophy of Law, Politics, and Economics, and has 15 years of experience in the field of business development and project management.

In the next seven days, Plamen Nikolov will have to appoint his Council of Ministers, after which the Bulgarian Parliament will put to a separate vote on his candidacy for Prime Minister, and the entire Council of Ministers.

Immediately after the Bulgarian President handed over the exploratory mandate to Plamen Nikolov, he announced to journalists his and his party’s main priorities – the recovery and sustainability plan to be sent to the EU; recalculation of the retired pay; dealing with the coronavirus in Bulgaria, and the coming wave; profound reform of the judiciary, and work to draft a law on majority voting in parliamentary elections.

Later on the Panorama TV show, Plamen Nikolov said that for the first time Bulgaria would have a prime minister like him – a man between education and business, theoretical training, and practical experience. The lack of more information about him and the fact that the Bulgarian society does not know him is an advantage and a disadvantage, Nikolov added.

Negotiations are currently underway between ITN and other parliamentary groups, without GERB. It is expected that if the MPs approve Plamen Nikolov and his draft cabinet [still unknown – ed.] the new Council of Ministers will work in close cooperation with the entire Bulgarian parliament, as ITN does not have a parliamentary majority, rejects a parliamentary coalition and will rely only on communication, persuasion and the discussion on the sidelines of parliament.

We remind you that if the Bulgarian MPs do not accept the proposal of Plamen Nikolov for Prime Minister, President Rumen Radev will have to hand over a second exploratory mandate to the second party from the July 11 election results. These are the MPs from GERB, but the chance for them to form a government is negligible, as the majority in the parliament is against the policies of GERB.

If the Parliament does not nominate a Prime Minister and a Council of Ministers, the President of the Republic of Bulgaria is obliged to schedule the third elections in a year, which will most likely be held at the end of the year when new elections for a new presidential term are expected.

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