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.
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.
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.