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Bulgaria’s president calls early elections after parliament’s dissolution

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Bulgarian President Rumen Radev has announced early parliamentary elections. This was reported on Monday, August 1, by the Bulgarian TV channel BNT.

“The head of state has scheduled elections to the National Assembly for October 2, 2022. By another decree, the president appointed an interim government from August 2, 2022,” the TV channel reports.

The service government will be headed by Gylyb Donev, who previously held the positions of Minister of Labor in service governments. The post of Minister of Defense will be taken by the former head of the Air Force headquarters, Colonel Dimitar Stoyanov. Nikolai Milkov, the country’s ambassador to France, has been appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Service Council of Ministers.

Radev will present the tasks and priorities of the interim government this Tuesday at a solemn ceremony in the Armorial Hall of the Presidential Institute.

Earlier that day, the head of the republic signed a decree on the dissolution of the People’s Assembly from August 2.

In 2021, early parliamentary elections were held in Bulgaria three times due to the inability to form a government. The politicians managed to create a government coalition only in November.

Earlier, on July 30, it became known about the possible withdrawal of Bulgaria from NATO until 2024 after the expiration of the agreement between Sofia and the alliance. The country joined NATO without a referendum in 2004.

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