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Bulgarian Government Survives No-Confidence Vote


Bulgaria's center-left government has survived a no-confidence vote prompted by a suspension of European Union subsidies.

All 150 representatives of the three-party ruling coalition voted against the motion, which won the backing of 84 deputies.

The European Commission, last week, suspended nearly $800 million in aid to the government. EU officials said Bulgaria's push against corruption and criminal gangs is not producing needed results.

Prime Minister Stanishev acknowledged what he called "serious problems" in many Bulgarian institutions. But he also cited "positive steps" in recent months, including new laws on conflict of interest.

The no-confidence motion was the sixth against Mr. Stanishev, since he took office in 2005.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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