Bulgarian government survives third no-confidence vote

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Posted: Feb 12, 2014 2:31 AM

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Bulgaria's Socialist-led coalition survived its third no-confidence vote on Wednesday, a motion that underscored the nagging threat to a government hobbled by street protests and political squabbles since taking office last year.

The opposition GERB party had called for the vote, accusing the government of failing to deal with an influx of thousands of Syrian refugees, and failing to stem a rise in car thefts and burglaries in the European Union's poorest country.

As was widely expected, Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski's minority coalition struck down the motion by 116 votes, out of a total of 217 lawmakers who took part. It had survived two similar votes about its investment policies in October.

(Reporting by Angel Krasimirov; editing by Matthias Williams)