Bulgaria's opposition CEDB to submit no-confidence vote against govt by mid-Feb

By bne IntelliNews January 29, 2014

Bulgaria's former ruling party CEDB, currently in opposition, will submit to parliament a no-confidence vote over the government's failed national security policy, Dnevnik daily quoted party leader Boyko Borissov as saying.

The motion will center around the rumors of illegal wiretapping, supposedly carried out by interior ministry employees, and the "unresolved refugee problem", Borrisov explained. 

This would be CEDB's third motion for a no-confidence vote against the socialist-led government of PM Plamen Oresharski since it stepped into power in mid-2013. The first two were defeated in parliament with the votes of the ruling BSP-MRF coalition, while the members of the fourth and smallest party in parliament - Ataka, abstained from voting. 

It would be even more difficult for CEDB to win a no-confidence vote now because the party lost two members in the months since the previous motion, which reduced its parliamentary group to 95 MPs in the 240-seat assembly. This means that even if all Ataka lawmakers (23) support CEDB's motion, the count will be three votes short of the 121-majority threshold needed to take down the government.

The first no-confidence vote against the government was based on the allegation that it failed to implement efficient policies. The second one was focused specifically on the failure in the field of regional policy.

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