Bulgaria president calls July 11 snap poll, appoints caretaker PM

SOFIA — Bulgaria’s President Rumen Radev called on Tuesday a snap parliamentary election for July 11 and appointed his security and defense secretary as caretaker prime minister to lead government until then.

Stefan Yanev, 61, served as a deputy premier and defense minister in the first caretaker government Radev appointed in 2017 and is one of his closest allies.

The caretaker government’s main tasks will be to manage the coronavirus pandemic and ensure a fair election. (Reporting by Tsvetelia Tsolova; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne)

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