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Bulgaria: President To Make TV Address Tonight

By Gueorgui Stoychev

Sofia, 27 January 1997 (RFE/RL) - Bulgarian President Petar Stoyanov is expected to appear on national television tonight to announce plans for resolving the country's economic and political crisis.

Details of the measures have not yet been released. But they are widely expected to include a decision on who gets the mandate for forming the next government.

Leaders of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) earlier told RFE/RL that they expect to be handed the mandate in accordance with the constitution. The Socialists form the largest parliamentary faction.

Socialist leader Georgy Parvanov held a second day of talks with Stoyanov today. He said that acting Interior Minister Nikolai Dobrev remained the party's only candidate to head a new government.

Meanwhile, opposition demonstrations against the Socialists - the former communists - have now entered their fourth week. The opposition has demanded a caretaker government be formed, and early elections be held.

Opposition leaders have threatened to call a general strike if the Socialists are given the mandate.