Bulgaria’s parliament on Tuesday rejected a request for a vote of no-confidence in Boyko Borissov’s government, despite anti-corruption protests calling for the resignation of the Prime Minister and his cabinet.

The motion was rejected with 124 votes against, 102 in favour and 11, abstentions, as it required a simple majority to pass. Among those supporting the no confidence vote was the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) party and the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), which also submitted the request on July 16.

It is the fifth vote of no-confidence, Borissov’s government is surviving, with the Prime Minister’s third term scheduled to come to an end in March 2021.

In a bid to ease civil unrest, Borissov last week forced three of his key ministers, of finance, economy and the interior, to announce their resignation, and postponed a cabinet reshuffle for after the no-confidence vote.

Over the past two weeks, mass protests have been sparked across the country, with thousands of people in the capital, Sofia, marching against “a mafia model of governance.”

Earlier in July, the country’s President, Rumen Radev, had accused the government of corruption, links with “oligarchs”, as well as of ordering police raids on offices, requesting the ousting of the government and of the General Prosecutor, Ivan Geshev.

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