Bulgaria: President calls early elections for April 2

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SOFIA (Reuters) – Bulgarian President Rumen Radev on Tuesday set April 2 as the date for the country’s fifth parliamentary election in two years after October’s vote failed to produce a majority government.

Rumen Radev said he would dissolve parliament on February 3 and expressed hope that lawmakers would use their remaining time to approve legislation needed to put EU recovery plan funds to good use.

The Bulgarian president had already declared that he would renew the current interim Prime Minister, Galab Donev, at the head of the country until the formation of a new government after the early elections.

(Tsvetelia Tsolova report; French version Lina Golovnya, edited by Tangi Salaün)

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