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Bulgarian Justice Minister Ivanov Resigns Over Constitution Vote

  • Parliament votes against curbing chief prosecutor's powers
  • Prime Minister Borissov accepts Ivanov's resignation

Bulgarian Justice Minister Hristo Ivanov tendered his resignation during a second vote on constitutional changes that seek to overhaul the judiciary, after lawmakers voted against an article intended to curb the chief prosecutor’s power in the Supreme Judicial Council.

“I will no longer fulfill the functions of justice minister and will make all possible steps for my retreat,” Ivanov told lawmakers in Sofia Wednesday. “The figure of the chief prosecutor, regardless of who he is, has too much power vested in him.”