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Bulgaria's prime minister refuses to resign despite ongoing protests

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Bulgaria's prime minister refuses to resign despite ongoing protests


Bulgaria’s prime minister has vowed to stay in power despite daily anti-government protests demanding his resignation that are now into their seventh week.

Plamen Oresharski said standing down would be “irresponsible for the country.”

Protesters in Sofia believe the prime minister’s Socialist-led coalition is corrupt and dominated by shady business interests.

The cancellation of a media mogul’s appointment as security chief has failed to calm their anger.

One demonstrator was annoyed at politicians’ plans for a summer break of several weeks. A vote has been put back but the move is still on the table.

“No one takes a holiday after two months of work,” said the protester.

A small pro-government demonstration took place outside the US embassy.

The two-party alliance came to power after elections in May. The Socialists came second but cut a deal to form a coalition after the first-placed centre-right failed to do so.

The previous government fell in February after protests over low living standards and high utility bills.

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