CONSTITUTION

Chapter One: Fundamental Principles

Chapter Two: Fundamental Rights and Obligations of Citizens

Chapter Three: National Assembly

Chapter Four: President of the Republic

Chapter Five: Council of Ministers

Chapter Six: Judicial Power

Chapter Seven: Local Self-Government and Local Administration

Chapter Eight: Constitutional Court

Chapter Nine: Amendments to the Constitution. Adoption of a New Constitution

Chapter Ten: Coat of Arms, Seal, Flag, Anthem, Capital

Transitional and Concluding Provisions



Chapter Five

Council of Ministers


Article 105.

    (1) The Council of Ministers shall head the implementation of the state's domestic and foreign policy.
    (2) The Council of Ministers shall ensure the public order and national security and shall exercise overall guidance over the state administration and the Armed Forces.

Article 106. The Council of Ministers shall manage the implementation of the state budget; organize the management of the state's assets; conclude, confirm or denounce international treaties when authorized to do so by law.

Article 107. The Council of Ministers shall rescind any illegitimate or improper act issued by a minister.

Article 108.

    (1) The Council of Ministers shall consist of a Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Ministers and ministers.
    (2) The Prime Minister shall head, coordinate and bear responsibility for the overall policy of the government. He shall appoint and dismiss the deputy ministers.
    (3) Each member of the Council of Ministers shall head a ministry, except insofar as the National Assembly resolves otherwise. Each minister shall account for his own activity.

Article 109. The members of the Council of Ministers shall swear before the National Assembly the oath established by Article 76 para 2.

Article 110. Eligible for election to the Council of Ministers shall be any Bulgarian citizen qualified to be elected to the National Assembly.

Article 111.

    (1) The authority of the Council of Ministers shall expire upon any of the following occurrences: 1. a vote of no confidence in the Council of Ministers or the Prime Minister. 2. the resignation of the Council of Ministers or the Prime Minister: 3. death of the Prime Minister.
    (2) The Council of Ministers shall hand in its resignation before the newly elected National Assembly. (3) Should any of the above occur, the Council of Ministers shall continue to act until the election of a new Council of Ministers.

Article 112.

    (1) The Council of Ministers shall be free to ask for the National Assembly's vote of confidence in its overall policy, its program declaration, or on a specific issue. A resolution shall require a majority of more than half of the votes of the National Assembly Members present.
    (2) Should the Council of Ministers fail to receive the requested vote of confidence, the Prime Minister shall hand in the government‚s resignation.

Article 113.

    (1) A member of the Council of Ministers shall not hold a post or engage in any activity incompatible with the status of a Member of the National Assembly.
    (2) The National Assembly shall be free to determine any other post or activity which a member of the Council of Ministers shall not hold or engage in.

Article 114. Pursuant to and in implementation of the laws, the Council of Ministers shall adopt decrees, ordinances and resolutions. The Council of Ministers shall promulgate rules and regulations by decree.

Article 115. A minister shall issue rules, regulations, instructions and orders.

Article 116.

    (1) State employees shall be the executors of the nation's will and interests. In the performance of their duty they shall be guided solely by the law and shall be politically neutral.
    (2) A law shall establish the conditions for the appointment and dismissal of state employees and the conditions on which they shall be free to belong to political parties and trade unions, as well as to exercise their right to strike.


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