Europe

Bulgaria's parliament approves new government

Bulgaria's parliament on Thursday approved the country's new center-right government in a bid to restore stability, spur economic development and implement reforms.

Lawmakers voted 133-100 to elect 57-year-old Boiko Borisov to a third term as prime minister.

In a separate vote, legislators also approved the Cabinet — a coalition between Borisov's pro-EU center-right GERB party and the far-right nationalist alliance United Patriots.

Borisov's party won the most votes in the March 26 general election but not enough to form a government alone.

Borisov, a former bodyguard and Sofia mayor, headed his first government between 2009 and 2013 but stepped down amid nationwide social protests that turned violent. In November, he quit halfway into his second term after his party's presidential candidate lost to a Socialist.