Nikola Minchev, a 34-year-old lawyer and member of the “We Continue the Change” movement, was elected speaker of the Bulgarian parliament today with 158 votes in favor, 1 against and 72 abstentions.
The session of the Parliament, the first after the elections, was broadcast live on the country’s public television and radio.
In his first speech as Speaker of Parliament, Minchev thanked lawmakers for the confidence they showed in him. “Today we set the beginning of the new Parliament. We are in a favorable position to have recently won the confidence of the Bulgarians. However, this favorable position will end. We are now faced with the most difficult task, to meet the expectations and the trust given to us.” , he stressed.
Another candidate was running for president, Tsoncho Ganev of the Renaissance party, but Minchev won the vote. Without discussion, the seven vice-presidents, one of whom is Ganev, were then unanimously elected.
After the speech of President Rumen Radev in the parliament, the representatives of the seven political parties spoke and stated what their priorities will be in the future. The meeting ended with the election of the President and Vice-Presidents of the House and the next one is scheduled for December 8.
The inaugural meeting was attended by President Radev, Vice President Iliana Iotova, caretaker Prime Minister Stefan Yanev, ministers, members of the judiciary and diplomats.
The new parliament, elected on November 14th, represents seven parties and coalitions: We Continue Change (67 seats), GERB-UDF (59), the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (34), the BSP for Bulgaria (26). ), “There is such a people” (25), Democratic Bulgaria (16) and Solidarity (13 seats).
The new parliament speaker was born in 1987 and graduated from the German-speaking Lyceum in Sofia. He holds a Master of Laws from Sofia University and worked as a lawyer. He speaks English and German.
Source From: Capital