The Council of Ministers (Bulgarian: , Minister stave) is the main authority of the executive power in the Republic of Bulgaria. It consists of the Prime Minister of Bulgaria and all the specialized ministers.
After the compositions of the Council of Ministers is decided by the newly elected government, the deputies who are chosen to become ministers temporarily lose their deputy rights while being ministers. These rights are restored in case they are released from the Council of Ministers or the government falls from power. This is in contrast to how deputy ministers and other government officials are treated when they are elected as deputies.
Sometimes, with the purpose of preserving the political representation of different parties or groups in the Council of Ministers, one or more ministers without portfolio (lacking a ministry of own) may be appointed.
The third Bulgarian Council of Ministers of Bulgaria chaired by Boyko Metodiev Borisov was voted in by 235 members of the Bulgarian Parliament (of them 134 in favor and 101 against, out of a total of 240 MPs) and sworn into term on May 4, 2017. The government is formed by the GERB Party and the parliamentary coalition of the United Patriots, with the initial support of the newcomer Volya Party of businessman Veselin Mareshki (although one of its MPs voted against). The composition of the Government is as follows: