ABV leaves minority government


Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has accepted the resignation of his Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Labour and Social Policy, Ivaylo Kalfin.

Kalfin is from the centre-left Alternative for Bulgarian Revival (ABV) party which, although not officially part of the minority government, until now has had a partnership agreement with the Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB) led government.

A spokesperson for ABV said that the party had suffered from ever deepening political differences with the GERB government and as a consequence had decided to leave. The minority government had been able to call on 113 votes in the 240 seat National Assembly, but with the departure of ABV that drops to 102 making the situation more unstable. The next election is scheduled for no later than December 2018.

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