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Bulgarian protesters reject first attempt at dialogue

Bulgarian protesters walked out of a first attempt at talks with the country's president on Friday, a week after massive street rallies against poverty and corruption forced the right-wing government to resign. "We will not sit at the same table with those against whom we are fighting. We leave (the talks) to fight till the end," youth leader Angel Slavchev said after quitting the meeting with President Rosen Plevneliev.

PM comments deepen Bulgaria leadership crisis

* Main parties reluctant to show leadership * New parties, nationalists could benefit * Hung parliament almost certain; repeat poll possible By Tsvetelia Tsolova SOFIA, March 1 (Reuters) - Bulgaria's outgoing prime minister on Friday criticised the idea of forming a grand coalition to calm anti-government protests, deepening uncertainty over who will lead the European Union's poorest economy.

Bulgaria elections set for May 12

Bulgaria's president said Thursday that early elections would take place on May 12 following Prime Minister Boyko Borisov's surprise resignation last week after the biggest nationwide protests in 16 years. "In the current dead-end situation, it is most responsible and most honest to go for early elections ... The vote will be held on the first suitable date -- May 12," Rosen Plevneliev told parliament.

Bulgaria elections set for May 12

Bulgaria's president said Thursday that early elections would take place on May 12 following Prime Minister Boyko Borisov's surprise resignation last week after the biggest nationwide protests in 16 years. "In the current dead-end situation, it is most responsible and most honest to go for early elections ... The vote will be held on the first suitable date -- May 12," Rosen Plevneliev told parliament.

UPDATE 3-Bulgaria parliament readies power price cuts to soothe anger

* Would allow 8 pct cut in prices from March * Outgoing premier hospitalised with high blood pressure * Protests continue but size dwindling * Early election likely in May, hung parliament probable By Sam Cage and Angel Krasimirov SOFIA, Feb 27 (Reuters) - Bulgarian lawmakers moved to reverse power-price hikes on Wednesday after weeks of mass street protests over austerity measures that toppled the government.

Bulgarian outgoing premier in hospital, new self-immolation

Bulgaria's outgoing Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has been hospitalised for severe hypertension a week after resigning his post following mass nationwide protests, hospital officials said Tuesday. Meanwhile a man set himself on fire in protest, the third such immolation in less than 10 days and a sign that frustration and economic despair remained high even with Borisov out of office. Borisov, 53, was admitted on Monday afternoon with extremely high blood pressure at 190/110, said Lyubomir Spasov, director of the Lozenetz government hospital.

Bulgarian premier Borisov in hospital after resigning

Bulgaria's outgoing Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has been hospitalised for severe hypertension a week after resigning his post following mass nationwide protests, hospital officials said Tuesday. Borisov, 53, was admitted on Monday afternoon after declining a mandate offered by President Rosen Plevneliev to form a new government. "Mr. Borisov will have to stay in hospital for a day or two for observation," said Lubomir Spasov, director of the Lozenetz government hospital.

Bulgarian leftists call for help on power bills

* Socialists want power price cuts, support pension hike * Protests continue even though government resigned * President to name interim government next week By Angel Krasimirov SOFIA, Feb 26 (Reuters) - Bulgaria's leftist opposition called on Tuesday for the quick formation of a caretaker government to raise pensions and cut power bills to help the Balkan country's poorest people.

Bulgarians rally against political establishment

Tens of thousands of protesters rallied across Bulgaria on Sunday to denounce poor living standards and corruption plaguing the country, just days after the right-wing government was forced to resign. More than 10,000 protesters marched in downtown Sofia under the slogan "End to illusions, civil action every day!" They shouted "Mafia!" and "All parties out!" near parliament and the presidency, waving white-green-and-red Bulgarian flags. President Rosen Plevneliev appeared briefly before the crowd but was greeted with boos and jeers.

Bulgarian protests for cheaper energy intensify

* Rallies across Bulgaria after government ousted * New election expected by May * Electricity bills at times exceed incomes By Tsvetelia Tsolova SOFIA, Feb 24 (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people marched in cities across Bulgaria on Sunday, demanding an end to high utility bills and new voting rules after the government was toppled last week.
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