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The Bulgarian government survives the motion of no confidence in parliament despite street protests

The Bulgarian government has approved the motion of no confidence, which was passed on Tuesday in the country’s parliament following violent street protests against Boiko Borisov’s cabinet for corruption.

The motion of no confidence was an initiative of the socialist opposition, which was destroyed by parliamentary support from the government coalition. “The vote failed … because it is the political logic,” said Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Donchev.

The demonstrators had gathered at the gates of the legislative seat, hoisted flags and sang songs in hopes that the government would fall. After the vote, some moved to Sofia International Airport to block Borisov’s passage on their return from the European summit, but failed.

The Bulgarian government survives the motion of no confidence in parliament despite street protests
The Bulgarian government survives the motion of no confidence in parliament despite street protests

The Bulgarians have been protesting for two weeks calling for the government to resign, which they see as a corrupt mafia. On a night of unrest, they tried to break into Borisov’s office, although the police prevented him from doing so.

In this context, the Prime Minister promised before his departure to Brussels that he would carry out a restructuring of his government in power since 2017. “There will definitely be changes,” Donchev confirmed.

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