Sofia (EFE) – Former Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and his populist conservative party GERB seem to have narrowly won this Sunday’s early general election in Bulgaria with 25.5% of the vote, according to a tally of 37.1% of the ballots.
Behind Citizens for the European Development of Bulgaria (GERB) stands with 21.6% the still ruling Let’s Continue Changes (PP) party of former reformist and pro-European Prime Minister Kirill Petkov.
The first official figures, released hours after schools closed at 1700 GMT, suggest that up to eight parties will be represented in the Balkan nation’s new parliament, once again making it difficult to form a government coalition.
very low turnout
The turnout in the elections, the fourth in less than a year and a half, was particularly low, with only 39% of citizens eligible to vote.
Most of the candidates did not want to talk to their supporters after the election, because they did not know more complete data on the vote count.
However, NP leaders took to the press in Sofia, acknowledging their electoral defeat, vowing to be a constructive opposition and reiterating their refusal to enter into a coalition with GERB and its partners in the DPS movement, the Turkish minority party.
Leaders speak to the press
“We respect the choice of voters. Now the GERB is entrusted with a huge responsibility for the formation of the government. We were in the same situation after the November elections, when we formed a complex coalition of just 67 deputies,” Petkov said.
Behind the two main parties, against all odds, was the ultra-nationalist and pro-Russian formation Vozrozhdeniye, which won 11% of the vote.
Bulgaria is the poorest and is considered the most corrupt country in the EU, to which it has belonged since 2008, and since 2004 has been a member of NATO.
For a year and a half, the political class of the Balkan country has been unable to overcome its differences in order to form a stable majority that allows it to govern.
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