Bulgarian govt faces seventh no-confidence vote

The seventh vote of no-confidence against the three-party coalition, which has an overwhelming majority in the 240-seat chamber, is unlikely to topple the government.

Bulgarian govt faces seventh no-confidence vote
Bulgarian opposition parties submitted a parliamentary no-confidence motion against the Socialist-led government on Wednesday, accusing it of "overall policy failure".

The seventh vote of no-confidence against the three-party coalition, which has an overwhelming majority in the 240-seat chamber, is unlikely to topple the government.

Political commentators said the vote, most likely next week, also aims to raise the profile of the rightist opposition which is trying to ride a wave protests before the election due between June and August.

"The government does not react adequately to the unfolding economic crisis, there is no will to fight corruption and organised crime," a statement backing the motion said.

Dozens of students and green activists rallied in front of parliament on Wednesday in a sixth week of anti-government protests, seeking measures against the economic crisis and better living standards. Some held banners, reading "Stop Stealing!", "Enough Corruption!."

The protests have so far failed to attract large numbers and do not threaten the government for now, observers say.

Opinion polls show more than 70 percent of the 7.6 million population in the poorest EU nation want the government to go, citing also its failure to curb chronic corruption and organised crime.

Last year, Brussels froze hundreds of millions in EU aid over fraud and Transparency International said Bulgaria was the bloc's most corrupt nation.


Reuters
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