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President Plevneliev Begins Consultations with Parties Friday
Friday, 31st October 2014

Bulgaria's President Rosen Plevneliev is to hold consultations with the left-wing ABV and ultra-nationalist Ataka on Friday.

Under Bulgaria's Constitution, presidential consultations with all parliamentary parties are a prerequisite for handing to a Prime Minister candidate from the biggest party the mandate to form a government.

In this particular case talks have been extended since Plevneliev has taken into consideration the demand of all political parties, which he met at the Presidency on October 15, to have separate talks with each of them.

The head of state is receiving parties in reverse order starting with the one that has the smallest number of MPs in Parliament.

Alternative for Bulgarian Revival (ABV) and Ataka, which came eighth in the October 5 elections with a result slightly below ABV, have 11 MP seats each. 

Ataka's leader Volen Siderov has declared it will not attend the consultations after calling them "a PR event of President Plevneliev". 

Plevneliev will discuss the present political situation in Bulgaria with two parties every day. 



Bulgaria's GERB, RB Ready to Sign Coalition Agreement
Friday, 31st October 2014

Conservative GERB and right-wing Reformist Bloc are ready to strike a coalition agreement after tripartite talks with the Patriotic Front at the National Assembly, leaders say. 

The PF for its part is likely to support the alliance despite remaining out of it, the Bulgarian National Radio quoted GERB's negotiator Rumyana Bachvarova as saying.

A left-wing party, Alternative for Bulgarian Revival (ABV) that splintered off socialists (BSP) this year, might also back the minority coalition, Bachvarova added.

During their two-hour talks in the Parliament building, GERB, RB and PF agreed that the deadline to form a new Bulgarian cabinet should be the end of next week.

Thursday's talks mark a new shift in the RB's position after the right-wing coalition declared a day earlier it would reject a proposal from GERB to take part in a minority coalition.

If they combine their quotas of lawmakers, GERB and the RB would have 107 out of 240 seats in Parliament and would fall short of a majority, therefore needing support from other parties.

Previously the RB voiced their concerns that the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS), which earlier vowed to back a GERB-led minority government, could lead from behind if a stable majority is not formed.

The Reformist Bloc's Radan Kanev later said that "a two-party government and a majority in the National Assembly sealed with a written agreement and composed of at least three parties" are needed to ensure stability.

Tomislav Donchev, another negotiator from GERB, said the joint program that is currently in preparation should be "a compromise between election programs of GERB and the RB."

Donchev had imposed RB a deadline until Monday to have a final say on whether it wants to join the government



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The Bulgarian Cultural and Social Association "Rodina" promotes Bulgarian culture, traditions and language among the Bulgarian community in NSW.  For over 30 years we have been fostering knowledge and understanding about the Bulgarian culture and history by organising social events, forums, exhibitions, performances and other public initiatives.  We seek to strengthen the social, economic, educational and cultural ties between Australia and Bulgaria.  Therefore, maintaining a close relationship with Australian organisations and institutions in Australia is of significant importance to us.  As part of Multi-Cultural Australia we aim to contribute and enrich its diverse culture.  Rodina collaborates and co-operates with other Bulgarian and cultural organisations in Australia.