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Bulgaria’s Justice Minister, Danail Kirilov has tendered his resignation letter, the government press office said, amid criticism of his efforts to stem corruption.

Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, under street pressure to quit himself, will discuss whether to accept Kirilov’s resignation with his junior coalition partners in the centre-right government, the press office said in a statement.

Kirilov’s resignation is unlikely to quash street protests that have been taking place daily since July, seeking the ousting of Borissov and Chief Prosecutor Ivan Geshev over their perceived failure to combat high-level graft.

Kirilov has been criticized for failing to push reforms to streamline graft-prone judiciary and for refusing to nominate a candidate for chief prosecutor last year, leaving Ivan Geshev as the only nominee for the important post.

Kirilov was one of the authors of a new constitution that the ruling GERB party is proposing.

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