The Bulgarian parliament has failed to support the new minority Socialist-led government in a confidence vote.It was a narrow defeat, just by one vote, but a defeat all the same for the country’s new prime minister. It also marks a further delay in getting back to work for an administration that has a packed agenda of reforms to get the nation into shape for EU membership. Parliament did not like the structure of the cabinet, or some of the names on the list proposed by the Socialists and their ethnic-Turkish allies. The minority government has been in trouble ever since the outgoing leader Simeon Saxe-Coburg refused to join it in a coalition. Prime Minister Sergei Stanishev says he will ask for a fresh vote on Thursday morning, after the procedure was flouted. It was supposed to be a secret ballot but opposition parties showed their papers, pressuring others to follow party lines. If the vote is upheld, Saxe Coburg’s centrists will get a week to try and form an administration.
Bulgarian government crisis intensifies