Bulgaria | The government was fired by a motion of censure

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The Bulgarian government led by Liberal Prime Minister Kiril Petkov was ousted on Wednesday in a motion of censure, which plunges the country into a new political crisis after three rounds of elections last year.

The motion of censure was adopted with the vote of 123 deputies out of a total of 240, while 116 voted against, announced the vice-president of the parliament, Miroslav Ivanov, quoted by AFP and AGERPRES.

The motion was tabled by the center-right GERB party of former Prime Minister Boiko Borisov, which accuses the Petkov administration of failing to take appropriate measures to counter the rise in inflation caused by the war in Ukraine.

Petkov, a 42-year-old economist elected in December on the basis of a reform and anti-corruption platform, said he would try to provide parliamentary support for a minority government after the populist political party ITN left the four-party coalition.

Despite defections in the ITN, the government failed to obtain a majority.