SOFIA, April 23 (Reuters) - Bulgaria's largest political
party gave up its efforts to form a government on Friday,
following a limited victory in this month's parliamentary
election, boosting the spectre of a snap poll in the Balkan
While centre-right GERB won the most seats in the April 4
polls, anger against widespread corruption in the European
Union's poorest member state has left it without an outright
majority or any potential allies in the fragmented parliament.
Prime Minister-designate Daniel Mitov returned the mandate
to President Rumen Radev after the two political factions whose
support the party sought declined even to meet a party they
accuse of fostering a climate of impunity among graft-prone
officials and politically connected businessmen.
"Given that arrogant attitude, there is no point," the
outgoing three-time premier and GERB's leader, Boyko Borissov,
told a party meeting prior to the return of the mandate.
Radev said he would not rush to ask the second largest
faction in parliament, the new anti-establishment faction of TV
host and singer Slavi Trifonov, to try to form a government,
giving it more time to consider its options.
Trifonov's There Is Such a People (ITN) party has not
revealed its plans, but indicated it may not try to lead a
government, as it would lack a majority even if it teamed with
two smaller protest parties it sees as potential partners.
The ITN has reiterated it would not get into any deals with
traditional parties, such as GERB, the Socialists or the ethnic
Turkish MRF party.
If it fails to form a government, the president should ask
any of the other political factions to propose a cabinet.
An eventual third failure will prompt him to dissolve
parliament, appoint an interim government and call a new
election within two months.
Prolonged political uncertainty could hamper Bulgaria's
ability to effectively tap the EU's 750 billion euro ($896
billion) coronavirus Recovery Fund and slow its preparations to
adopt the euro currency in 2024.
(Reporting by Tsvetelia Tsolova; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)