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Bulgarian opposition calls for no confidence vote

February 6, 2014

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarian opposition lawmakers are calling for a vote of no confidence against the Socialist-backed government accusing it of failing to deal with a massive influx of refugees and a rise in crime.

This will be the third time the government has faced a no-confidence vote since it came to power in May.

Bulgaria, a nation of 7.3 million that is the European Union’s poorest member, has been caught unprepared by a surge of some 12,000 refugees — mainly of those fleeing the war in Syria — which is straining its asylum system.

Despite the year-long protests, sparked by the government’s alleged dependence on shady business interests, the Cabinet is believed to have rallied enough support in Parliament to survive the vote, which will be held next week.

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