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Bulgarian government quits after days of protests; paves way for elections

Published on Feb 20, 2013 6:55 PM
 
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov (right) leaves the parliament in Sofia on Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013. Bulgaria's government quit on Wednesday, Mr Borisov announced, after days of sometimes violent protests sparked by sharply higher electricity prices expanded into nationwide demonstrations. -- PHOTO: AFP

SOFIA (AFP) - Bulgaria's government quit on Wednesday, Prime Minister Boyko Borisov announced, after days of sometimes violent protests sparked by sharply higher electricity prices expanded into nationwide demonstrations.

The surprise announcement paves the way for elections that had been scheduled for July in the European Union's poorest member to be brought forward.

"It is the people who put us in power and we give it back to them today," Mr Borisov told parliament.

He said he would not be part of any interim government.

 
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