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Bulgaria re-shuffles Cabinet

Published:Tuesday | April 22, 2008 | 2:48 PM

Bulgaria\'s Prime Minister, Sergei Stanishev has shuffled his cabinet in the wake of criticisms by the European Union (EU).

The EU had urged Bulgaria, a new member state, to take swift action to tackle corruption and organised crime.

Mr. Stanishev has reportedly fired the ministers of defense, agriculture and health.

According to BBC reports, a new Bulgarian deputy Prime Minister will oversee the management of EU aid money.

The government is reportedly worried that the EU will cut it support, if a report due in July on its efforts to stamp out corruption is not submitted.