Troubled Bulgaria names law professor as interim premier

August 5, 2014 11:46 AM

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Troubled Bulgaria names law professor as interim premier

SOFIA (Reuters) - A Bulgarian law professor and former Socialist lawmaker was named caretaker prime minister on Tuesday until the next election, as the Balkan state grapples with the fallout of its worst banking crisis since the 1990s.

Georgi Bliznashki, 57, took over as premier while Rumen Porozhanov, a 49-year-old former senior civil servant, will be finance minister, President Rosen Plevneliev said in a televised statement to the nation.

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