Bulgaria: President Radev dissolves parliament, appoints interim cabinet

A decree by President Rumen Radev dissolves the 45th National Assembly on May 12th. Early parliamentary elections will be held on July 11.

The President also appoints an interim government with the following composition:

Stefan Yanev becomes Prime Minister. Until now he was the Secretary of Security and Defense of the President;

Galab Donev is Deputy Prime Minister for Economic and Social Policy and Minister of Labor and Social Policy. Until now, he has been President Radev Secretary of Social Policy and Health;

Assoc. Prof. Boyko Rashkov becomes Deputy Prime Minister in charge of Public Order and Security, as well as Minister of Interior. In his professional career he has held a number of responsible government posts. He is the former head of the National Investigation Service and a member of the High Judicial Council;

Atanas Pekanov is the Deputy Prime Minister responsible for the Management of European Funds. He is an economist at the Austrian Institute for Economic Research (WIFO) in Vienna;

Assen Vassilev heads the Ministry of Finance. He graduated in economics from Harvard and specialized in business administration and law at Harvard Business School and Harvard School;

Georgi Panayotov becomes interim Minister of Defense. He is a career diplomat.

Dr. Stoycho Katsarov holds the post of Minister of Health. He is the founder and chairman of the Center for the Protection of Health Rights;

Assoc. Prof. Violeta Komitova is the Minister of Regional Development and Public Works. She is a lecturer in the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Architecture and Civil Engineering.

Nikolay Denkov is the Minister of Education and Science. He is a correspondent member of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, a specialist in physical chemistry. According to the ranking of Stanford University, Prof. Denkov is among the 2% of the best scientists in the world;

Svetlan Stoev is the Minister of Foreign Affairs. He is a career diplomat and ambassador of the country to Denmark;

Prof. Yanaki Stoilov has been appointed Minister of Justice. In addition to being a politician and senior member of the BSP party, he is a lecturer in law at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski ”and at the University of Plovdiv“ Paisii Hilendarski ”;

Velislav Minekov takes over the post of Minister of Culture. Minekov is a professor at the National Academy of Arts.

Assen Lichev will be responsible for the environment and water. He has a long experience in the ministry of environment;

Hristo Bozukov is the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. He has a long scholarly career and was an interim minister with the same portfolio in the first interim cabinet appointed by President Radev;

Georgi Todorov becomes Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications. He was a lawyer in the ministry;

Kiril Petkov is the Minister of Economy. He is an entrepreneur and has taught at Harvard University;

Andrey Zhivkov is the interim Minister of Energy. He has university degrees in energy and management;

Assoc. Prof. Stella Baltova is the Minister of Tourism. Currently, she is a lecturer at the University of Blagoevgrad.

Andrey Kuzmanov is the interim Minister of Youth and Sports. He is the President of the European Pentathlon Modern Confederation, the President of the Bulgarian Modern Pentathlon Federation and the Balkan Pentathlon Modern Confederation. He is a member of the Business Affairs Committee of the Modern International Pentathlon Federation.

Source: BNR

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