Sofia - Bulgaria's parliament on Wednesday
rejected the first no-confidence motion against the socialist-led
government over its investment policies to try to end a political
standoff that has paralysed decision-makings.
The socialists and their junior coalition partners, the ethnic
Turkish MRF party, voted down the motion initiated by the opposition
centre-right GERB party, with 111 votes out of the 217 deputies who took
"I voted against because the real motives of the motion had nothing to do with the policies of investment planning.
"The real motives of GERB were to block the work of the parliament," socialist leader Sergei Stanishev said.
GERB were able to stop the parliament's work last week by boycotting
it, underlining its power against a Socialist party that does not have a
majority in the chamber.
Bulgaria's deepening political crisis has deterred much-needed
investment in the European Union's poorest country where the economy is
forecast to grow by 0.6 per cent this year, compared with 0.8 per cent
Recent opinion polls showed that Bulgarians were divided over the performance of the four-month-old government.
The ruling socialists and the MRF party control 120 seats in the
240-seat parliament one short of the 121 lawmakers required in the
chamber to open sessions.
They enjoy the unofficial support of nationalist Attack Party, which has 23 seats, for now.