Bulgarian government’s key partner urges snap elections

SOFIA: A key backer of Bulgaria’s minority cabinet called Thursday for snap elections by the end of the year, signalling the potential collapse of the government just a year after it took office.
The leader of the liberal MRF party, an important supporter of Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski’s government, said the Socialists’ poor showing in European Parliament elections had called their public mandate into question. “Analysis of the vote results makes it clear Oresharski’s cabinet will not fulfil its term,” Lyutvi Mestan told journalists. He called for early elections, to be held sometime between November 2014 and October 2015, when Bulgaria will also hold a municipal vote. 
Without the MRF’s support in parliament, the government could no longer pass legislation and would quickly collapse as the Socialists have just 83 lawmakers in the 240-seat legislature. “Our preference is to go with the option of elections by the end of the year,” Mestan said on Thursday, although he said the MRF was open to discussing other dates with the Socialists.

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