Bulgaria's Parliament overturns presidential veto

Bulgaria's Parliament overturns presidential veto on budget revisions

Associated Press

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) -- Bulgaria's parliament has overturned a presidential veto on revisions of the state budget amid ongoing protests against alleged government corruption.

Lawmakers interrupted their summer holiday Friday to vote 130 to 93 to back the motion introduced by the two-month-old, left-leaning government of Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski. Outside the parliament building, riot police separated anti-government protesters from a pro-government group.

Conservative President Rosen Plevneliev had vetoed parts of the bill, which will see the government raise up to 500 million euros ($667 million) in new debt this year. Plevneliev had demanded more transparency on the extra spending.

The 2013 budget revision will widen the fiscal deficit to 2 percent of gross domestic product from 1.3 percent and aims to cover increased social spending and delayed payments to companies for public services.

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