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Политическата криза в България 2021 – 2023 г.
The political crisis in Bulgaria 2021-2023

Author(s): Ivan Stoychev Vinarov
Subject(s): Government/Political systems, Security and defense, Electoral systems
Published by: Висше училище по сигурност и икономика (ВУСИ)
Keywords: electoral cycle; meta-electoral cycle; parliamentary elections; political crisis; presidential elections
Summary/Abstract: In the spring of 2021, only the fourth four-year rule of Republic of Bulgaria came to an end. After Ivan Kostov (1997-2001), Simeon Saxe-Coburg Gotha (2001-2005) and Sergey Stanishev (2005-2009), the third cabinet of Boyko Borisov (2017-2021) kept the executive power in its allotted 4-year and closed the regular electoral cycle for holding parliamentary elections. But the change in public attitudes and the unforeseen dynamics of the political process after the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic and the protests of the summer of 2020 lead to the emergence of another political crisis in Bulgaria, from which there is still no prospect of exit (despite the drafting of „the rotation cabinet“ of N. Denkov and M. Gabriel at the beginning of the June 2023).