Bulgarian president appoints caretaker gov't

Bulgarian president appoints caretaker gov
# 12 March 2013 17:12 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev on Tuesday appointed the country's caretaker government some two months before the early parliamentary elections expected to be held in May, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

Plevneliev said in a statement that the caretaker government, led by Marin Raykov, Bulgarian current ambassador to France, would take office on Wednesday.

It will replace the GERB party cabinet that resigned in February amid national protests against high bills for electricity and heating, after the key political parties refused to form a government within this parliament.

Plevneliev also said that on Friday he would dissolve the National Assembly and schedule new elections for May 12.

Raykov, born on Dec. 17, 1960 in Washington, the United States, has been a career diplomat. He served as the deputy foreign minister twice -- from 1998 to 2001 and from 2009 to 2010.

This will be the third Bulgarian caretaker government during the last 25 years. The first one, led by Reneta Indjova, last from October 1994 to January 1995, and the second one from February 2007 to May 2007 was led by Stefan Sofianski.

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