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Bulgaria parliament overrides president's veto of corruption bill

13 January 2018, 04:03 | Glen Norman

Bulgaria parliament overrides president's veto of corruption bill

Bulgaria parliament overrides president's veto of corruption bill

Bulgaria's parliament said on Friday it overturned the veto imposed by president Rumen Radev on an anti-corruption law passed last month.

The bill, first approved by parliament in December, will merge several agencies into a single body to better oversee the fight against corruption among high-ranking officials.

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The changes were demanded by Brussels, which closely monitors Sofia's progress on graft 11 years after joining the bloc. It is the EU's poorest country and widely considered to be its most corrupt. The new anti-corruption agency will also have the authority to seize illegally acquired funds and property.

Radev vetoed the law last week, saying its provisions do not correspond to its main aim - to ensure efficient fight against corruption. He questioned the bill's efficiency and criticized it for not offering any protection to whistleblowers, which he said makes anonymous tips virtually impossible.

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He added that the fact that the new body's five-member board is to be elected by parliament also created the risk of political meddling.

The motion to overturn the veto was backed by 146 lawmakers in the 240-seat parliament. Only the opposition Socialist Party voted against. "Today, by rejecting the presidentĀ“s veto, our country will fulfill a commitment to the European Commission", GERBĀ“s parliamentary group leader Tsvetan Tsvetanov told lawmakers.

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