February 18, 2013 / 9:47 AM / 5 years ago

Bulgaria sacks finance minister after protests

SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgaria’s rightist government on Monday sacked Finance Minister Simeon Djankov, who has maintained tight fiscal policy as the European Union’s poorest country recovers from a deep recession.

Bulgarian finance minister Simeon Djankov speaks during an interview with Reuters in his office in Sofia, December 17, 2009. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

Djanvov’s sacking comes a day after nationwide protests against high electricity prices. He will be replaced by current EU Funds Minister Tomislav Donchev, who will keep both portfolios.

Reporting by Tsvetelia Tsolova; Editing by Jon Hemming

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