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Bulgarians vote on nuclear plant

Sunday, January 27, 2013 - 01:01

Jan. 27 - Bulgaria holds a national referendum on a controversial nuclear plant slated to be built near the Danube River. Andrew Raven reports.

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Bulgaria holds a national referendum to decide the fate of a controversial nuclear plant. The vote comes after the government moved to scrap the facility - planned for the city of Belene on the Danube River. With a pricetag of $13.5 billion, rightist Prime Minister Boiko Borisov says it's too expensive. But polls suggest two-thirds of voters want the plant - with many hoping it will rein in electricity prices. (SOUNDBITE)(Bulgarian) VOTER, STEFAN SHLYAPEV, SAYING: "We won't be here in a few years, but the young people - they will need electricity! So this power plant has to be built in my opinion." The referendum was backed by Bulgaria's opposition Socialist Party. It is seen as a key test for Borisov, though referendum rules make it unlikely that any decision will be binding.

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Bulgarians vote on nuclear plant

Sunday, January 27, 2013 - 01:01