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Bulgaria Fires Finance Minister After Spending Protests

Bulgarian Finance Minister Simeon Djankov, who’s been praised by the European Union for reining in spending, was fired after thousands of people marched in protest at austerity four months before general elections.

Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, who faces re-election July 7, wants the remit of Tomislav Donchev, the minister in charge of EU funds management, widened to include the Finance Ministry, the government said today in an e-mailed statement from the capital, Sofia. Regional Development and Public Works Minister Liliana Pavlova will assume Djankov’s duties as a deputy premier, it said.