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Bulgarian government resigns amid growing protests

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov speaks in the Parliament in Sofia February 20, 2013. REUTERS/Julia Lazarova

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov speaks in the Parliament in Sofia February 20, 2013. REUTERS/Julia Lazarova

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov speaks in the Parliament in Sofia February 20, 2013. REUTERS/Julia Lazarova
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Bulgarian Interior Minister and vice-prime minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov speaks to the media at the government building in Sofia February 20, 2013. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

Bulgarian Interior Minister and vice-prime minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov speaks to the media at the government building in Sofia February 20, 2013. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

Bulgarian Interior Minister and vice-prime minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov speaks to the media at the government building in Sofia February 20, 2013. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov
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Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov speaks in the Parliament in Sofia February 20, 2013. REUTERS/Julia Lazarova

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov speaks in the Parliament in Sofia February 20, 2013. REUTERS/Julia Lazarova

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov speaks in the Parliament in Sofia February 20, 2013. REUTERS/Julia Lazarova
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Supporters of Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov applaud in front of the parliament in Sofia February 20, 2013. Bulgaria's government resigned on Wednesday after violent nationwide protests against high power prices, joining a long list of European administrations felled by austerity during Europe's debt crisis. Borisov, a former bodyguard who swept to power in 2009 on pledges to root out corruption and raise living standards in the European Union's poorest member, now faces a tough task to prop up eroding support ahead of a probable early election. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov (BULGARIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST ENERGY)

Supporters of Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov applaud in front of the parliament in Sofia February 20, 2013. Bulgaria's government resigned on Wednesday after violent nationwide protests against high power prices, joining a long list of...more

Supporters of Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov applaud in front of the parliament in Sofia February 20, 2013. Bulgaria's government resigned on Wednesday after violent nationwide protests against high power prices, joining a long list of European administrations felled by austerity during Europe's debt crisis. Borisov, a former bodyguard who swept to power in 2009 on pledges to root out corruption and raise living standards in the European Union's poorest member, now faces a tough task to prop up eroding support ahead of a probable early election. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov (BULGARIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST ENERGY)
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Protesters lie on the ground after clashes with riot police during a protest against high electricity prices in Sofia February 19, 2013. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

Protesters lie on the ground after clashes with riot police during a protest against high electricity prices in Sofia February 19, 2013. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

Protesters lie on the ground after clashes with riot police during a protest against high electricity prices in Sofia February 19, 2013. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov
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Bulgarian riot police is seen amidst smoke coming from a firecracker, thrown by demonstrators during a protest against high electricity prices in Sofia February 19, 2013. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

Bulgarian riot police is seen amidst smoke coming from a firecracker, thrown by demonstrators during a protest against high electricity prices in Sofia February 19, 2013. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

Bulgarian riot police is seen amidst smoke coming from a firecracker, thrown by demonstrators during a protest against high electricity prices in Sofia February 19, 2013. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov
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Bulgarian riot police is seen amidst smoke coming from a firecracker, thrown by demonstrators during a protest against high electricity prices in Sofia February 19, 2013. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

Bulgarian riot police is seen amidst smoke coming from a firecracker, thrown by demonstrators during a protest against high electricity prices in Sofia February 19, 2013. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

Bulgarian riot police is seen amidst smoke coming from a firecracker, thrown by demonstrators during a protest against high electricity prices in Sofia February 19, 2013. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov
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A man is detained by police during a protest against high electricity prices in Sofia February 19, 2013. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

A man is detained by police during a protest against high electricity prices in Sofia February 19, 2013. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

A man is detained by police during a protest against high electricity prices in Sofia February 19, 2013. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov
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