2nd LD Writethru: Bulgarian parliament elects new government

Updated: 2013-05-29 20:19:00

(Xinhua)

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SOFIA, May 29 (Xinhua) -- Bulgarian legislators on Wednesday elected a new government lead by the Socialist Party nominee Plamen Oresharski, only 17 days after the country's early parliament elections

The cabinet was backed by the 120 members of the parliamentary groups of socialists-dominated Coalition for Bulgaria and the Movement for Rights and Freedoms, the 97 members of GERB party voted against, and the 23-member group of Ataka left the plenary hall.

According to the Bulgarian Constitution, the National Assembly shall elect government by a majority of more than one-half of the present legislators.

The new government replaced the caretaker government led by Marin Raykov that on March 13 came instead of the GERB party cabinet, which resigned in February amid national protests.

Oresharski, born on February 21, 1960, was a Deputy Minister of Finance from 1997 to 2001, Finance Minister from 2005 to 2009 and member of the parliamentary group of Coalition for Bulgaria from 2009 to 2013. He has also held academic positions at the University of National and World Economy in Sofia.

Presenting his program at the plenary hall, Oresharski said Bulgaria needed new public consensus, rapid stabilization measures and laying the foundation for institutional strengthening, and more solidarity.

Restoration of the statehood, economic recovery and promoting the entrepreneurship, and social justice were his top priorities, Oresharski said.

Sergei Stanishev, leader of the Bulgarian Socialist Party, who also was a Prime Minister from 2005 to 2009, said that Oresharski has been a symbol of predictable government policy towards business and the people, economic growth, attracting investment, creating jobs, increasing income and social commitment.

Zinaida Zlatanova became a Vice-Premier and Minister of Justice; Petar Chobanov -- Finance Minister; Dragomir Stoynev -- Minister of Economy and Energy; Hasan Ademov -- Minister of Labor and Social Policy; Ivan Danov -- Minister of Investment Design; Desislava Terzieva -- Minister of Regional Development; Daniel Papazov -- Minister of Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications; Iskra Mihaylova -- Minister of Environment and Water; Dimitar Grekov -- Minister of Agriculture; Tzvetlin Yovchev -- Minister of Interior; Kristian Vigenin -- Foreign Minister; Angel Naydenov -- Defense Minister; Tanya Andreeva -- Minister of Health; Anelia Klisarova -- Minister of Education and Science; Petar Stoyanovich -- Minister of Culture; and Mariana Georgieva -- Minister of Youth and Sport.