December 3 (BTA) – Bulgaria’s new Parliament, which holds its inaugural sitting on Friday, elected Nikola Micnhev, a lawyer from Continue the Change, Chairman of the 47th National Assembly. Minchev, 34, was elected in a 158-1 vote with 72 abstentions. The parliamentary sitting is broadcast live on Bulgarian National Television and Bulgarian National Radio. Before that, the MPs in the new Parliament were sworn in. As per the Constitution, the first sitting of the National Assembly was opened by the most senior Member of Parliament present. In the 47th National Assembly, this is Sylvie Kirilov from the There is Such a People party. In his address to the new National Assembly, Kirilov urged the MPs to forget their political differences in the name of the national and public interest. “The transparency in the work of the political forces, honouring the election promises, and political correctness will win back people’s trust in statehood,” Kirilov said. He also said he was happy to see many young people in Parliament and urged the MPs to mobilize their intellectual potential and integrity to deal with the key major tasks facing Bulgaria. * * * Bulgaria’s new parliament was elected at early elections on November 14. Seven coalitions and parties are represented in the 240-seat legislature: Continue the Change (67 seats), GERB-UDF (59), the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (34), BSP for Bulgaria (26), There Is Such a People (25), Democratic Bulgaria (16), and Vazrazhdane (13). The first session of the newly elected National Assembly was convened by President Rumen Radev on November 28th. The inaugural sitting of the 47 National Assembly is attended by President Rumen Radev, Vice President Iliana Iotova, caretaker Prime Minister Stefan Yanev, cabinet ministers. Also invited are former presidents of the country, former Parliament speakers, members of the Council of Ministers, representatives of the judiciary, the Constitutional Court, religious and diplomatic figures.