Early elections may not bring results to overcome Bulgaria’s political crisis

Sofia, Bulgaria

Early elections on Sunday may not produce results that will allow Bulgaria to overcome its political crisis.

According to the polls, at least eight of Bulgaria’s political parties will pass the 4 percent threshold and be represented in parliament.

A recent poll conducted by Mediana Research showed that former Prime Minister Boyko Borissov’s Citizens for European Development Bulgaria (GERB) would receive around 27% of the vote, making it the strongest party in Parliament.

Since this percentage is not enough for Borissov to form a one-party government, he will need the support of other parties, none of which have so far expressed such an intention.

Meanwhile, the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (HOH) continues to enjoy strong support from the country’s Turkish minority and is expected to win over 10% of the vote.

HOH, which has participated in GERB-led coalition governments in the past, has not taken a clear position so far.

On the other hand, GERB’s prominent political rival, the We Continue the Change party, is expected to win around 17% of the vote. Therefore, even with the likely support of the right-wing Democratic Bulgaria party, she will not be able to form a government.

The Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), which used to be the country’s second largest party, is expected to win just over 9% of the vote.

BSP, along with the far-right Revival party, is also known for its pro-Russian stance in Bulgaria.

The elections are the fourth in two years for the country, which has been marred by political instability since Prime Minister Kiril Petkov’s government was overthrown by a no-confidence vote in June.​​​​​​​

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