Oresharski Government

The Oresharski Government was the eighty-ninth cabinet of Bulgaria which took office on 29 May 2013. The government, led by Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski, is one of technocrats created following the 2013 election. The cabinet was dissolved on 6 August 2014 to make way for a caretaker government that would lead Bulgaria through early elections in October of the same year.

Oresharski Government
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89 Cabinet of Bulgaria
Date formed29 May 2013
Date dissolved6 August 2014
People and organisations
Head of stateRosen Plevneliev
Head of governmentPlamen Oresharski
Deputy head of government
Member partiesBulgarian Socialist Party
Movement for Rights and Freedoms
Status in legislatureCoalition
Incoming formationGovernment formation
Outgoing formationResignation
PredecessorRaykov Government (Provisional)
SuccessorBliznashki Government (Provisional)


After President Rosen Plevneliev invited the Bulgarian Socialist Party to form a government, the BSP nominated Plamen Oresharski to head the government and was joined by the Movement for Rights and Freedoms. The Council of Ministers was approved by the 120 members of the BSP and the Movement for Rights and Freedoms, while GERB's 97 MPs voted against the government and Ataka's 23 MPs were absent from the session.[1] Outside support to the Oresharski government is also given by nationalist party Ataka.[2]

Only two weeks after its initial formation the government came under criticism and had to deal with country-wide protests by the citizens, with those in Sofia reaching up to 11 000 participants.[3] The reasons for these protests were largely the controversial appointment of media mogul Delyan Peevski as a chief of the National Security State Agency.[4] The protests have ended with the government's resignation.


Original CompositionEdit

Ministry[5][6] Minister Party
Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski Independent[NB 1]
Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Justice
(also in charge of EU funds absorption)
Zinaida Zlatanova Independent
Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Economy Daniela Bobeva[7] Independent
Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Interior Tsvetlin Yovchev Independent
Minister of Finance Petar Chobanov Independent
Minister of Foreign Affairs Kristian Vigenin BSP
Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications Danail Papazov Independent
Ministry of Education, Youth and Science Aneliya Klisarova BSP
Minister of Health Tanya Andreeva Independent
Minister of Youth and Sports Mariana Georgieva DPS
Minister of Defence Angel Naydenov BSP
Minister of Culture Petar Stoyanovich Independent
Minister of Environment Iskra Mihaylova DPS
Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism Dragomir Stoynev BSP
Minister of Labor and Social Policy Hassan Ademov DPS
Minister of Regional Development Desislava Terzieva Independent
Minister of Agriculture and Food Dimitar Grekov Independent
Minister of Investment Projects Ivan Danov Independent
  1. ^ Endorsed by the Bulgarian Socialist Party

Changes in June 2013Edit

On 27 June, Tsvetlin Iovchev (BSP) is appointed as deputy Prime Minister, and Daniela Bobeva (BSP) is appointed deputy Prime Minister and minister of economic development.

Changes in June 2014Edit

Following her recent election to the European Parliament, Iskra Mikhailova steps down as minister of the environment and is succeeded by Stanislav Anastasov (DPS).

Votes of no-confidenceEdit

The government survived three vote of no-confidences as of early 2014. The third vote was tabled by the opposition due to alleged mismanaging of refugees from the Syrian civil war and a failure to curb crime. Out of 217 voting MPs, the governing coalition voted to support the administration with 116 votes.[8]

In all, the government survived 5 votes of no-confidence before voluntarily resigning.[9]


Following an agreement from the three largest parties (GERB, BSP and DPS) to hold early parliamentary elections for 5 October 2014,[10] the cabinet was to resign by the end of July.[11]

On Wednesday 23 July, Oresharski's government submitted its resignation.[12] The next day parliament voted 180–8 (8 abstained and 44 were absent) to accept the government's resignation.[13] Following the vote, President Plevneliev offered the mandate to GERB to try and form government, but it was refused.[14] The next day the BSP returned the mandate as well.[15] On 30 July, the DPS refused the mandate as well.[16] Finally, on 6 August, a caretaker government led by Georgi Bliznashki was sworn into office and the Oresharski government was officially dissolved.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "2nd LD Writethru: Bulgarian parliament elects new government". China Daily. 29 May 2013. Retrieved 30 March 2014.
  2. ^ "Mass rallies grip Bulgarian politics". Aljazeera. 16 November 2013. Retrieved 30 March 2014.
  3. ^ Seiler Bistra; Emiliyan Lilov (26 June 2013). "Bulgarians protest government of 'oligarchs'". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 30 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Birth of a civil society". The Economist. 21 September 2013. Retrieved 30 March 2014.
  5. ^ "Bulgaria's Cabinet Unveiled: Full List". Novinite.com. Sofia News Agency. Retrieved 30 March 2014.
  6. ^ "Republic of Bulgaria Council of Ministers". Government.bg. Government Information Service. Retrieved 30 March 2014.
  7. ^ "Bulgaria's candidate third deputy prime minister named". The Sofia Globe. 25 June 2013. Retrieved 30 March 2014.
  8. ^ "Bulgaria PM survives third no-confidence vote". Aljazeera. 12 February 2014. Retrieved 30 March 2014.
  9. ^ "Timeline of Oresharski's Cabinet: A Government in Constant Jeopardy". Novinite.com. Sofia News Agency. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  10. ^ "President Plevneliev Urges Outgoing Parliament to Review Budget". Novinite.com. Sofia News Agency. Retrieved 9 July 2014.
  11. ^ "Bulgarian Gov't to Resign between July 23, 25 - PM Oresharski". Novinite.com. Sofia News Agency. Retrieved 9 July 2014.
  12. ^ "Bulgaria's PM Plamen Oresharski Resigns". Novinite.com. Sofia News Agency. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  13. ^ "Bulgarian Parliament Approves Government Resignation". Novinite.com. Sofia News Agency. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  14. ^ "GERB Leader Boiko Borisov Returns Mandate". Novinite.com. Sofia News Agency. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  15. ^ "Bulgarian Socialist Party Returns Mandate". Novinite.com. Sofia News Agency. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  16. ^ "Bulgaria's 3rd Biggest Party, DPS, Rejects Mandate to Form Govt". Novinite.com. Sofia News Agency. Retrieved 30 July 2014.