SOFIA: Bulgaria's minority government survived a no-confidence motion in parliament on Wednesday, after facing massive pressure to resign over the summer.
Only 86 right-wing opposition deputies in the 240-seat legislature supported the motion, with 111 left-wing and liberal lawmakers rejecting it. Deputies of the far right Ataka party abstained.
The motion, put forward by the right-wing GERB party, was the first against the technocrat cabinet of Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski. But GERB leader and ex-premier Boyko Borisov vowed it would not be the last.
Borisov himself threw in the towel in February after mass nationwide protests against poverty and corruption in the European Union's poorest member state that saw a spate of public self-immolations, including several deaths.
Oresharski's subsequent minority government -- backed by the Socialists and the Turkish minority MRF party -- then quickly fell out of favour over a controversial security chief appointment.
Months of daily protests against the government have only recently subsided but the embattled premier has resisted calls to quit.
Instead, he pushed through parliament a series of measures aimed at kickstarting the moribund economy and tackling poverty while keeping the country's thinning finances in check.