Bulgaria's Parliament elects Plamen Oresharski as new prime minister

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Bulgaria's Parliament on Wednesday elected Plamen Oresharski as the country's new prime minister.

Lawmakers voted 120-97 to elect 53-year-old Oresharski, a former finance minister not associated with any party, to head the Cabinet.

In a separate vote, legislators approved by 119-98 the Cabinet itself — a government of technocrats supported by the Socialist Party and a mainly ethnic Turkish party, the Movement for Rights and Freedoms.

The vote ended a three-month long political stalemate after the previous center-right government resigned amid social protests in February.