The contentious issue of Bulgaria's potential provision of military aid to Ukraine once again shook the coalition. Today the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) stated that if the government revised its current position on the matter, then the party would leave the coalition. Kristian Vinegin from BSP also said that the topic should not be up for public debate.
14 Bulgarians evacuated from Tsarevna after stranding in Mariupol
The evacuation of 14 people from the crew of the Tsarevna ship, stranded for more than a month near the southeastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol after Russia's invasion of Ukraine, has started, PM Kiril Petkov announced today. Aboard are 14 Bulgarians and one Ukrainian citizen. The crew will be moved to Donetsk, from where they will be taken to Bulgaria. Three Bulgarians and two Ukrainians, however, have decided to stay on board the vessel.
TISP and DB's nomination for members of CEM
Two of the four parties in the ruling coalition presented today their candidatures for members of Council of Electronic Media (CEM). CEM is a regulatory agency of Bulgaria that is responsible for electronic communications, especially the broadcasting of radio and TV. Also, CEM regulates broadcasts by setting standards and regulations, hence the importance of its members.
TISP's candidate is Martin Karbovski, a journalist famous for his recent lifestyle TV programs, and mordant language. His nomination provoked negative reactions throughout social media. Democratic Bulgaria's nomination is Prolet Velkova, a former journalist for the Bulgarian National Radio and producer at Darik Radio. "We continue the change" also plans to present a candidate, but is still considering its nominee.
Survey: nearly 60% of Bulgarians disapprove of cabinet
58.2% of Bulgarians have a generally negative opinion of the ruling coalition and 35% of them have a positive attitude towards the government, a survey by Alfa Research shows. Supporters of "We Continue Change" give the highest rate to the coalition (88%), followed by those of "Democratic Bulgaria" (73.4%). It is interesting to note that only a third of "There is such a people" supporters approve of the coalition (33%). A mere 44% of BSP supporters have a positive attitude towards the government.