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CABINET SHUFFLES AT ODD HOURS?

Changes will be made in the Government after the New Year at the lateast, members of the ruling majority forecast. They do not expect Prime Minister Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to follow the standard political logic and wait for the most intensive economic season to renovate its team. The blue opposition (United Democratic Forces) doesn't believe replacements are possible in such a short period of time, however. Traditionally, certain people are claimed guilty for the hard times and leave the cabinet in April or May just to refresh the image of the rulers. February and March appear to be the most difficult for Bulgarian people, as they have to pay high bills for the central heating, taxes, etc. If the Premier wanted to act wisely, he should make the first shuffle in the Cabinet right after the end of these months to respond to the people's discontent.However, the group of the Bulgarin Socialist Party expects earlier replacements. That is the main reason why red mayors and ministers did not rush to hand in their resignations. Both Dimitar Kalchev and Kostadin Paskalev hope to continue their career as mayors if necessary. The enthic Turks' Movement for Rights and Freedoms is expecting the winter with fear too. The relations between Ahmed Dogan and Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha cooled every time they met, rumours spread, and Dogan's partners worry that replacements in the Government change could seriously affect the group's presence in the executive power.Each minister should worry about his post, says an MP from the ruling majority of the National Movement Simeon II (NMSII). The Deputy Premier Nikolai Vassilev and the Minister of Finance Milen Velchev could stay calm for 12 or 18 months at least. The Prime Minister disapproved of their unwillingness to spend money on social activities, but that would not complicate their relations.

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