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Sofia: The Bulgarian parliament approved a Socialist-led technocrat government on Wednesday to put an end to months of political impasse.

The European Union’s poorest state has been without a permanent administration since February, when protests against low living standards and corruption toppled a centre-right government.

“People want a new, working government that will give a clear perspective for the country, the economy and the life of every Bulgarian," Socialist leader Sergei Stanishev told parliament while presenting the new cabinet.

The new minority government, backed by the Socialists and their ethnic Turkish MRF allies, will be led by Plamen Oresharski, 53, a non-partisan former finance minister.

Oresharski won the post after the largest political party, GERB, ousted in February, failed to secure enough support from the other parties to form a cabinet.

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