Bulgaria's Centre-right Govt Survives No-confidence Vote

Bulgaria's Centre-right Govt Survives No-confidence Vote

Bulgaria's centre-right government on Thursday survived a no-confidence vote requested by the opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party, the Movement for Rights and Freedoms, and independent MPs over what they said was its "failure in justice and home affairs".

The no-confidence motion was rejected in a 136-72 vote in the 240-seat parliament with two abstentions, the state-run Bulgarian National Television reported.

The motion needed 121 votes to pass.

This is the fourth no-confidence vote against GERB's government which took office in July 2009, replacing a Socialist-led tripartite coalition after winning general election.

The Bulgarian Socialist Party, the Movement for Rights and Freedoms and independent MPs filed the no-confidence vote on July 19, a day after the European Commission released its annual report on Bulgaria's progress in justice and home affairs, urging the country to step up reforms and make them irreversible.



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