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In Bulgaria 3 ministers resign over deadly bus crash

August 31, 2018
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Bulgarians take part in a funeral for a victim of a bus crash, in Svetovrachene, Bulgaria, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018. A Bulgarian village just outside the capital has held funeral services for 15 of its residents who died in a bus crash over the weekend. Many of the 2,000 residents of Svetovrechane who came to pay final respects on Tuesday were related to the victims of the accident, which killed 17 people when a bus full of religious pilgrims overturned and fell off a highway about 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of Sofia. (AP Photo/Filip Dvorski)

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Three Bulgarian ministers have resigned in the aftermath of a bus crash that killed 17 people and injured several others.

Prime Minister Boyko Borissov called Friday for the resignations of his interior, transport and regional development ministers over the crash, and Valentin Radev, Ivaylo Moskovki and Nikolay Nankov later agreed they would take political responsibility and resign.

The resignations of the three men, who had been nominated for the posts by Borissov’s center-right GERB party, require approval by Parliament to take effect.

The crash last Saturday saw a tourist bus overturn and fall off the highway, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of Sofia, the capital. Thirteen people died at the scene, including a 13-year-old boy, and four others died in the hospital. The crash’s cause is under investigation.

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