World Bulletin / News Desk
Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev appointed on Wednesday an interim government including several technocrats to see the country through general elections in May.
The new prime minister, Marin Raykov, replaces Boiko Borisov, who stepped down last month following a week-long popular protests.
Raykov and the members of his cabinet took over the duty from Borisov with a handover ceremony at the Council of Ministers.
"We took over the power with such a ceremony and now we are handing it over the same way," Borisov said, thanking his ministers and wishing the new government success.
Borisov said their resignation was the right decision and added, "we have done lots of things, and yet again we have failed to do lots of things. We have made mistakes from which we took our lessons."
"I don't speak much but I do work hard," Raykov told the ceremony, adding that he took over a country which would be without a parliament in the next two months until elections are held and with a government without a budget of its own.
Raykov said his top priority will be securing an environment for democratic and transparent elections, adding that the caretaker government would take concrete measures in incomes within strict budgetary limitations.
In a separate development on Wednesday, President Plevneliev announced that he issued a decree officially dissolving the Bulgarian parliament as of March 15 and calling for early elections on May 12.
The country's general elections were originally scheduled for July 2013.
Raykov is the thirteenth Bulgarian premier after the end of Socialist regime in 1989.
He is an experienced diplomat who twice served as the Bulgaria's ambassador in Paris.Last Mod: 14 Mart 2013, 09:28