Bulgaria's Socialist-backed Govt Survives No-Confidence Vote

Bulgaria's Socialist-backed Govt Survives No-Confidence Vote

Bulgaria's Socialist-backed government survived on Wednesday a no-confidence vote sought by the opposition centre-right party GERB over its internal security policy, the National Assembly chairman said.

The no-confidence motion was rejected by 116 votes to 93, as eight MPs abstained from voting, Mihail Mikov said in a live broadcast by the Bulgarian National Radio.

Upon filing the no-confidence motion last week, GERB said it was prompted by the government's total failure to reform the security sector, its inability to handle the refugees problem, as well as by escalating contraband and petty crime in the country.

This is the third no-confidence vote that Oresharski's cabinet survives - following one in October over its investment policy, and another one two weeks later over its policy in regional development and infrastructure.

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