Bulgaria's prime minister sacks finance minister

Bulgaria's prime minister sacks finance minister in wake of nationwide social protests

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Bulgarians shout slogans as they block the traffic at main road juncture during a protest against higher electricity and heating bills, in Sofia, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. Thousands of angry Bulgarians chanted "mafia" and "resignation" demanded the expulsion of the three foreign-controlled power distributors that control the local market: Czech Republic's CEZ and Energo-Pro, and Austria's EVN (AP Photo/Valentina Petrova)

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) -- Bulgaria's prime minister has sacked Finance Minister Simeon Dyankov in the wake of nationwide protests against skyrocketing electricity bills.

Boiko Borisov said on Monday that Dyankov, who was also his deputy, will be replaced by current EU Funds Minister Tomislav Donchev, who will keep both portfolios.

Borisov did not elaborate on the motives for the reshuffle. He is to propose the changes for approval in Parliament later this week.

On Sunday, thousands of protesters across the country accused the government of failing to improve their falling living standards.

Dyankov's dismissal comes as the center-right government is losing public support in the wake of the country's worst economic downturn in a decade and ahead of general elections in July.

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