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Bulgaria's PM is forced out

Issue No. 2342

Mass protests forced the resignation of Bulgarian prime minister Boyko Borisov’s government on Wednesday of last week.

Protests began at the beginning of the month as people gathered at local branches of electricity companies and burned their bills. 

For many their bill had doubled.

They moved on to burning police cars in the largest demonstrations since the fall of Communism.

Some utilities companies announced they would charge 25 euros to consider revising a bill. Protests broke out in 35 cities and two people set themselves on fire.

Protesters say there is a corrupt relationship between the electricity firms and the state. They accuse politicians of covering it up.

Less than 24 hours before resigning Borisov promised that he would stay. 

His resignation may create breathing space for the establishment.

But if the protests continue that may not be possible.

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Tue 26 Feb 2013, 16:52 GMT
Issue No. 2342
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