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Bulgaria approves constitutional amendments to prepare for EU entry

[JURIST] The National Assembly of Bulgaria [official website] on Friday approved [press release] several amendments to the country's constitution [text] at first reading, responding to a warning from the European Union (EU) [official website] over corruption in Bulgaria. The amendments, which were approved by 183 lawmakers, would strip the legislature of its immunity from criminal prosecution, extend the power of prosecutors and create a procedure to dismiss supreme magistrates, among other requirements set by the EU in order to prevent delay in joining the bloc [JURIST report], scheduled for January 2007. In order to adopt the amendments, the legislature must approve the proposals by at least 180 votes at three separate sessions. AP has more.

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