Bulgarian parl overturns president's veto on anti-graft law

Bulgarian parl overturns president's veto on anti-graft law Bulgarian Parliament / All rights reserved.

SOFIA (Bulgaria), January 12 (SeeNews) - Bulgaria's parliament said on Friday it overturned the veto imposed by president Rumen Radev on an anti-corruption law passed last month.

The president's veto was overturned in a 146-76 vote in the 240-seat parliament, the National Assembly said in a statement.

Radev vetoed the law last week, saying its provisions do not correspond to its main aim - to ensure efficient fight against corruption.

Although the measures envisaged by the proposed legislation are indeed necessary, they are insufficient to fight corruption in the way expected by the Bulgarian public, Radev said, adding that in its current form, the adopted legislation does not correspond to basic constitutional principles.

The law envisages the establishment of a single anti-corruption authority - Counter Corruption and Forfeiture of Unlawfully Acquired Assets Commission. The authority will deal with cases of suspected corruption related to high-level public officials.

According to the provisions of the law, the parliament will elect the management of the newly established anti-corruption authority.

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