Bulgaria: New Parliament holds inaugural sitting, elects Iva Miteva as its leader

Bulgaria: New Parliament holds inaugural sitting, elects Iva Miteva as its leader

The newly elected 46th National Assembly held its inaugural sitting Wednesday. The MPs took the oath of office and elected Iva Miteva of the There Is Such a People (TISP) party as Parliament Chair.

President Rumen Radev, Vice President Iliana Iotova, caretaker Prime Minister Stefan Yanev, cabinet members, other officials, and foreign diplomats attended the proceedings, that were held in the old Parliament building.

The sitting was presided by Mika Zaikova of TISP, the eldest MP, who urged the new legislature to work constructively for the dream of the Bulgarian people: a prospering Bulgaria that is a worthy member of the EU. She said that Bulgarians have voted for change at the July 11 elections.

Iva Miteva was elected parliament leader on 137 votes with 99 abstentions. Miteva was supported by the parliamentary groups of TISP, Democratic Bulgaria, MRF and Rise Up BG! Here We Come!

BSP nominated Kristian Vigenin for the position, but he did not garner enough votes in the plenary hall.

A strong parliament must have honest relations with the people and constantly hold responsible the council of ministers for their actions, Miteva said in her address from the parliamentary rostrum.