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Bulgarian elections: Ruling party faces challenge

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Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov’s center-right “Gerb” party will win the April 4 elections, although the party may find it difficult to form a government.

With 72 per cent of the vote counted, Citizens for Bulgaria for European Development leads with 25.8 per cent of the vote. Opposing the new political class, the “there are such people” party is in second place with 18.2 percent of the vote. Then there is the Socialist Party with 15 percent. They are followed by the Democratic Bulgaria Party with 10 per cent and then the center-left Alliance, get up and go with 5 per cent. “She received 9 percent of the vote.

The radical right-wing Bulgarian National Movement, a coalition partner of the ruling party, managed to win only 4 per cent of the vote.

The ruling party will win 70 of the 240 seats in parliament. Borisov will have a mandate to form a government for his fourth term. However, he needs 121 seats to form a new government.

Commentators say he may find it difficult to find allies to form a coalition. Most of the other parties have already refused to cooperate with the ruling party. Experts do not rule out the possibility of repeat elections.

Members of the ruling party have recently been embroiled in several corruption scandals, sparking large-scale protests in the country. Thousands took to the streets last summer to protest corruption and the use of the judiciary against political opponents.

According to Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index, Bulgaria lags behind all EU countries.

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