Bulgaria’s National Assembly voted on February 21 to oust socialist party MP Valeri Zhablyanov as Deputy Speaker because of his controversial statements on the post-Second World War communist “People’s Court” and other issues.
The proposal to oust him was tabled by Prime Minister Boiko Borissov’s centre-right GERB party with the backing of its ruling majority allies the nationalist United Patriots.
At the close of a fiery debate in the House, lasting more than an hour and a half, the vote was 110 in favour of his ousting, with 71 against. GERB, the United Patriots and Vesselin Mareshki’s Volya party voted in favour, the Bulgarian Socialist Party against, while the Movement for Rights and Freedoms did not participate in the voting…/IBNA
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