Bulgarians back nuclear plant plan

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Bulgarians have voted in favour of a plan to build a new nuclear energy plant in the country’s first referendum since the fall of communism.

But a low turnout means the result will not affect the government’s decision to reject the multi-billion euro project, an outcome welcomed by the prime minister, Boyko Borisov.

“People realise that this is not something that deserves their attention and that is why the turnout is so low,” he said.

But his critics say the result puts pressure on the government ahead of July’s election as it could become a divisive issue.

Borisov, struggling to revive the economy, cancelled the construction of the plant in March saying the Balkan country could not afford estimated costs of more than 10 billion euros and after failing to attract Western investors.