Its leaving was financial, said Bulgaria's departing PM.

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Kiril Petkov, the retiring Bulgarian prime minister and co-leader of WCC, feels money is why Slavi Trifonov's ITN withdrew from government formation discussions.

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Trifonov resigned on July 22. The cable TV host was angry over an unlawfully released tape of a Bulgarian parliamentary party meeting.

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When asked about the tape on July 24, Petkov said to Nova Televizia, "I didn't perceive anything alarming or dramatic in that recording."

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"Boiko Rashkov was Petkov's target."

Petkov was referring to Boiko Rashkov, presently the minister of the Interior and the candidate for the position of Head

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of a Reformed Anti-Corruption Commission that the Remaining Three Groups in the Ruling Coalition Want.

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Petkov was quoted as saying that, if early elections were held, he was certain that the WCC would get the biggest number of votes.

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He seemed not keen on entering an electoral agreement with Democratic Bulgaria.

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"GERB, MRF, and Vuzrazhdane feared a Cabinet, anti-corruption measure, and Boiko Rashkov in power. Therefore they pushed back," she said.

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Petkov, Vassilev, Ninova, and other co-leaders of Democratic Bulgaria were scheduled to get together on the evening of July 24 to discuss the next step.

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Ninova stated on July 24 that the leadership of the BSP would meet at the beginning of the week to discuss what to do about the mandate that it holds to seek to form a government.

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Nova stated that the BSP leadership would meet to discuss whether or not to continue pursuing the mandate or whether or not to return the mandate unfulfilled.

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