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Bulgaria to hold early elections

SOFIA: Early parliamentary elections will be held in Bulgaria from Sept. 28 to Oct. 12, the country's President Rosen Plevneliev said in a statement after a Consultative National Security Council meeting on Tuesday.
The members of council, which includes the leaders of the key political parties and institutions in the country, have found that the European Parliament elections at the end of May did not give additional strength and legitimacy of the government to conduct deep and comprehensive reforms, Plevneliev said.
"Considering also that European elections have not posed a clear alternative, they agreed on the need for a smooth transition to political stability and the need to conduct political consultations to reach agreement on setting a date for early elections in the period from Sept. 28 to Oct. 12," Plevneliev said.
According to Plevneliev, the council members also agreed to hold consultations to reach agreement on prioritizing tasks of legislative and executive powers, accelerate the process of finalizing a partnership agreement between Bulgaria and the European Union (EU) for the period 2014-2020.
They will lay down clear principles and rules for the nomination of the Bulgarian EU Commissioner, and create guarantees for the conduct of free and fair elections. 

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