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Bulgaria: Government Survives No-Confidence Vote

Sofia, 29 May 2003 (RFE/RL) -- The government of Bulgarian Prime Minister Simeon Saxecoburggotski survived a vote of no confidence in parliament today. The no-confidence motion was submitted by the conservative opposition Union of Democratic Forces (SDS) over what the party said was the government's "failed domestic policy." The motion was backed by the Socialist Party of former communists.

The two-party ruling coalition defeated the motion in parliament by a vote of 129 to 104.

Today's vote was the third no-confidence vote since Saxecoburggotski's center-right government took over in July 2001.