Bulgarian President Sets Parliamentary Election on April 4

Bulgarian President Rumen Radev announced that the country will hold the parliamentary election on April 4.

Bulgarian President Rumen Radev announced that the country will hold the parliamentary election on April 4.

“I signed a decree today for the organization of parliamentary elections on April 4,” Radev announced in a televised address to the nation on Jan. 14, adding that the vote was “crucial.”

“The events that started last year showed Bulgarians demand change that will put the country back on the democracy track as soon as possible. I support this demand,” Radev said, referring to the protests last year that demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and his cabinet over alleged corruption.

“Overcoming the deep crisis, the needed reforms for recovery, modernization, and full European integration require having a legitimate parliament and an active, adequate, and working government as soon as possible,” Radev, who is also a critic of Borisov, said.

Radev initially said that March 28 was the first possible date for the election, but he moved it to a week later to provide more time to prepare for safety measures against the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure a fair vote, calling for election law changes to allow those in quarantine to vote and to provide those in abroad a postal vote.

The election will complete the full four-year term of the center-right coalition government.


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