According to the preliminary results of the early parliamentary elections in Bulgaria, two parties are leading, with close competition between them at this stage. These include former Prime Minister Boyko Borisov’s ruling Citizens for Bulgarian Development (GERB) coalition and the anti-elite group People Are Such (ITN), led by TV show host Slavi Trifonov.
The final official results will be announced on July 15. 6.7 million Bulgarians were eligible to vote. At stake was the mandate of 240 legislators. The OSCE / ODIHR EOM said the election on July 12 was “competitive and fundamental freedoms were largely protected.”
99% of the ballots have already been counted. Both leading parties showed almost equal results. According to the latest information, Trifonov’s party won 23.91% of the vote, while Borisov – 23.69%. Approximately the same results were shown by a poll conducted by Gallup, which predicted 23-23 percent support for both parties.
The Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) is in third place with 13.5 percent of the vote. The Liberals, a Western-oriented party called Democratic Bulgaria, received 12.5%. The predominantly ethnic Turkish-backed Party for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) has 10.6%, while the center-left party of former Public Defender Maia Maniolova has 5%.