Bulgaria, EU commissioner Mariya Gabriel designated premier

Mariya Gabriel, EU commissioner for innovation, research, culture, education and youth, has been designated prime minister for the centre-right in Bulgaria. This was announced by the leader of the Gerb conservative party, the former Bulgarian premier Boyko Borissov. The former MEP will be presented at the National Assembly in Sofia in front of all the leaders of the political parties with which she will have to find an alliance.

The political stalemate

Mariya Gabriel, a 43-year-old MEP for two legislatures before becoming commissioner with Jean-Claude Juncker and then with Ursula von der Leyen, should be instrumental in being able to form a government after five consecutive elections. “We warmly welcome the appointment of Mariya Gabriel as Bulgaria’s prime minister-designate,” EPP chairman Manfred Weber tweeted. “You have the experience and international authority to overcome the political deadlock in Sofia. You have full support for our sister party Gerb-Udf for putting the country’s interests first” concludes Weber. Gerb emerged victorious in last month’s Bulgarian elections but won only around 25 per cent of the vote.