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Bulgaria: political crisis, tension ahead of confidence vote

Fiery debate in parliament, demonstrations in Sofia

21 June, 14:57
(ANSA) - SOFIA, JUN 21 - In Bulgaria, just over six months after the coalition government led by Kiril Petkov, leader of the 'Let's Continue the Change' (CC) party, took office, debates are on the agenda today in parliament on the vote of confidence in the government proposed by GERB, the largest party opposition party (Conservatives).

The step is due to the government's "failure in public finances and economic policy" and will probably be supported by the 'Movement for Rights and Freedoms' party of the Turkish minority (DPS) and Vazrazhdane (Nationalists), along with the TV showman Slavi Trifonov's party 'There's a people like this' (ITN), which withdrew from the ruling coalition on June 8, causing a political crisis in the country.

The vote will probably take place tomorrow or the day after tomorrow. At least 121 votes are needed out of 240 MPs in Bulgaria's unicameral parliament to topple the government.

Currently, GERB, DPS, ITN, and Vazrazhdane have a total of 125 deputies. At the same time, numerous demonstrations are scheduled for today in Sofia in support of and against Petkov's government. (ANSA).

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