Many parties have close to 25 percent of voter support, according to a series of large polling stations where there is some variation at the top. It is therefore unclear whether Bulgaria can break the parliamentary deadlock that has prevailed alongside the escalating coronavirus outbreak.
Because of the pandemic, election workers roamed in some places with jars and collected votes in people’s homes.
In several investigations, he led the conservative party to which former Prime Minister Bogko Borisov belonged. In at least one party, we continue the change, which was formed a few weeks ago by two Harvard-educated economists.
Corruption in focus
Even if Gerb wins, the party’s chances of forming a government are considered small. The party won the last general election in April, but was then unable to muster a majority in Parliament. The main obstacle in the search for allies is the investigation of the leader Borisov for corruption.
We continue to change quickly and the anti-corruption line has won support and focus on transparency and openness. He is judged to be able to play a central role in government formation where Gerb is not included, but where he finds consensus with many other parties that brand themselves as critical of corruption.
The populist party ITN (whose name roughly means “there is such a people”), led by musician and TV personality Slavy Trifonov, was by far the largest in the last election in July. After a series of disagreements, the party chose to stand completely outside all government negotiations, and its support has since fallen like a stone.
In addition to parliamentary elections, presidential elections will be held. The current president, Romain Radev of the Socialist Party, initially received 49 percent of the vote in the first round.
In all, about 6.7 million people were eligible to vote.
Bulgaria is the poorest member state of the European Union in terms of per capita GDP. The country has a population of about 7 million, 1.2 million of whom live in the capital, Sofia. On the surface, Bulgaria is roughly the size of Lapland Province.
After a prolonged obedience to the Ottoman Empire, Bulgaria regained its independence in 1878. After the fall of the Iron Curtain, Bulgaria became a member of the NATO defense alliance in 2004 and in the European Union as of January 1, 2007.
The President is Rumen Radev (born in 1963) who is officially independent but supported by the Socialist Party.
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