Bulgarian Government Expectedly Survives Rerun Confidence Vote

Bulgarian Government Expectedly Survives Rerun Confidence Vote

Bulgaria's center-right government of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov expectedly survived a string of two confidence votes on Thursday, which it tabled to preempt a censure motion by the opposition.

During the first run of the vote, a total of 141 members of parliament voted in favor of the government, 72 did not support the confidence motion, while another 13 abstained.

Then opposition MPs requested a re-vote due to difficulties and unclarities in the counting of the first vote, which was conducted with the untraditional roll-call procedure.

The rerun was also staged using the roll-call method and gave 140 in favor, 60 against and 14 abstentions. No-additional reruns are possible.

The positive outcome came after nearly eight hours of debates and thanks to the support of the ruling party's key ally, the nationalist Attack party, a few independent MPs and another two from a small conservative party.

The ruling GERB party has 117 of a total of 240 seats in Bulgaria's unicameral parliament and has so far ruled with the support of 20 deputies from Ataka and 14 members of the small center-right Blue Coalition.

Nationalist Ataka leader Volen Siderov had vowed his support before the vote, saying that there will be "no backstabbing" during the parliamentary session.

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