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Bulgarian government resigns amid protests


19:29, February 20, 2013

SOFIA, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov on Wednesday said his government will resign, in the wake of snowballing discontent and protests over the government's austerity measures and high electricity and heating prices.

The resignation will be voted in the parliament on Thursday.

Borisov also told the Parliament that he would not participate in an interim government.

The development came after 10 days of national protests against high bills for electricity and heating.

The prime minister had decided to fire his Vice Premier and Finance Minister Simeon Djankov on Monday, and on Tuesday said that the electricity price could be cut by 8 percent. Enditem

However, the protests continued, with 25 people arrested and 14 injured in Sofia on Tuesday evening.

"Yesterday we did the maximum to meet the demands of protesters. From now on, we have nothing more to do to help them," Borisov said at the Bulgarian parliament when announcing his decision to resign.

Borisov's GERB Party took power in July 2009, and regular parliamentary elections were to be held in June.

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