Bulgaria: There is tension in Bulgarian Parliament, not cabinet: Kalfin

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Sofia. Ivaylo Kalfin, Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister for Demographic and Social Policies and Minister of Labour and Social Policy, spoke Saturday for Nova TV.Kalfin recalled the Council on Development comprised of the parties backing the government had met on Wednesday and they had commented on the cabinet’s priorities.The official also commented on the declaration of the parliamentary group of mandate-holder Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (CEDB), in which they insist Prime Minister Boyko Borisov goes to parliament and explains to them the situation concerning the now oppositional Democrats for a Strong Bulgaria (DSB), which holds posts of power despite not backing the government.0According to Kalfin, the CEDB lawmakers raised an issue stemming from the Reformist Bloc, which the DSB is part of. “There cannot be a parliamentary group half the members of which back the government, while the other half is opposition,” Kalfin noted. The Reformist Bloc parliamentary group has at present two co-chairs – Nayden Zelenogorski and DSB leader Radan Kanev. In Kalfin’s view, it is not right one of them praises the government, while the other says he is part of the opposition.Ivaylo Kalfin demanded to know how they would participate in elections after half of the Reformist Bloc parliamentary group was in opposition, while the other half backed the cabinet. The Deputy PM stressed they thus did not assume any responsibility. The high-ranking official noted there were no party-affiliated appointments in the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy.

FOCUS News Agency recalls:Bulgarian parliament passed at second reading a draft bill on amendments and supplements to the Constitution of the Republic of Bulgaria. According to the document, the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) will be split into two collegia – one of judges and another one of prosecutors.After the collegium quotas were thus passed, Minister of Justice Hristo Ivanov handed in his resignation. According to him, there was a “symbolic step to the doubt” more and more could be spoken in Bulgaria of the “supremacy” of the Prosecutor General. Prime Minister Boyko Borisov accepted Ivanov’s resignation. After the constitutional amendments were adopted, Radan Kanev, Co-chairperson of the parliamentary group of the Reformist Bloc coalition and leader of the Democrats for a Strong Bulgaria (DSB) party, said he was cutting off his support for the government.The Reformist Bloc held a meeting on December 15, 2015, at which it transpired the coalition would remain in power without the DSB, which stuck to its decision to be in opposition. The DSB, however remained in the Reformist Bloc coalition.