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Bulgarian parliament votes against Belene nuclear plant

In a vote on February 27, the Bulgarian parliament confirmed the decision to cancel the construction of the Belene nuclear power plant. A month earlier, Bulgaria went to the polls in their first referendum in post-communist time, answering the question “Should Bulgaria develop nuclear energy through the construction of a new nuclear power plant?”

“The outcome of the referendum in January was rather disappointing,” said Zelena Partija leader Marina Dragomiretzkaya. “Characteristic for the day, as forecast by sociologists and the media, is the low rate of participation. Compared to 2009, on hourly bases, the turnout was about three times lower”. This low turnout – only a little over 20% of the population voted – resulted in the decision being non-binding and so referred back to the parliament.

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