On Thursday cabinet negotiations continued, with the focus on new topics: reform of the Ministry of Interior, introducing a brand new Ministry of e-governance, education, culture, environmental protection and agricultural reform. The four potential coalition partners - WCC, BSP, TISP and DemBG - agreed that priority should be given to supporting small-scale farmers.
"Human error" and bad traffic organization led to bus tragedy: Prosecution
During a press-conference on Thursday, deputy Prosecutor General Borislav Sarafov said that the most likely reason for the fatal bus crash on Struma Highway was driver error, exacerbated by poor road marking and bad organization of the traffic on this section of the highway.
Other theories, popularized over social media, such as explosion of illicitly transported gasoline or a terrorist act were debunked by investigators. The 44 passengers (previously thought to be 45) died after they suffocated in the burning bus; they were unable to escape because the vehicle got stuck between two guardrails.
Caretaker cabinet ready with 2022 budget plan: Stefan Yanev
Caretaker Prime Minister Stefan Yanev told the Bulgarian National Television (BNT) that his cabinet was ready with a preliminary budget plan for the upcoming year for the next Parliament to discuss. Mr Yanev underlined that the next (regular) government would have the freedom to adjust the budget proposal according to its own plans and policy goals. Passing a budget for 2022 would be the first priority of the next Parliament, which President Rumen Radev promised to convene as soon as possible - likely next week.
More Bulgarians find hitting a woman unacceptable, but 4% disagree
Bulgarians are increasingly averse to hitting women, according to a poll carried out by the Alpha Research sociology agency dedicated to the International day for the prevention of violence against women (26 November). In 2018, only 91 percent of respondents held this view, while now the figure is 96 percent. Additionally, the proportion of respondents who say that domestic violence against women is a "family" issue that ought to be addressed within the household has almost halved compared to 2018 - 30 percent to 16 percent.