SOFIA, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- Bulgarian caretaker government led by Professor Georgi Bliznashki took office on Wednesday on the eve of the early parliamentary elections that will be held on Oct. 5.
It replaced the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) government of Plamen Oresharski, which came to power last May after early elections triggered by national protests against high bills for electricity and heating but resigned at the end of this July due to insufficient parliamentary support.
"A year ago, my government took over the country in a deep institutional crisis, and nevertheless we have fulfilled most of our commitments," Oresharski said at the official inauguration ceremony.
"Our main task is to organize free and fair parliamentary elections, which will produce results that are not contested by anyone and are accepted by all," Bliznashki said in turn.
To stabilize the major societal systems, restore the trust with country's partners within the European Union and NATO, and start of reforms were key priorities of his government, Bliznashki said.
Meanwhile, the new Finance Minister Rumen Porozhanov said when taking office that auditing of ministries in order to analyze future financial commitments was among his initial priorities.
In the defense area, the caretaker government would face three main challenges, according to the outgoing Defense Minister Angel Naydenov.
The first challenge was related to the budget of the Ministry of Defense and respectively everything associated with the budget, Naydenov told his successor Velizar Shalamanov.
Participation of military personnel in support of the people affected by the recent floods in the country was the second challenge, Naydenov said.
"The third challenge or set of challenges is related to the security environment and the development of the crisis in Ukraine," Naydenov said.
Later on Wednesday, the caretaker government will hold its first meeting and nominate a member of the European Commission on behalf of Bulgaria.
On Tuesday, when presenting the caretaker cabinet, Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev said the country's nomination for the position is Kristalina Georgieva who has been European Commissioner for international cooperation, humanitarian aid and crisis response since 2010.