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Bulgarian PM’s Party Set To Top Vote But Protest Parties Surge

Bulgaria’s centre-right GERB party came first in parliamentary elections with about 25% of the votes, according to a partial exit poll released Sunday night after the vote was over.

However, exit polls also suggest that anti-government protesters have done better than expected.

Bulgaria held elections while fighting a third infectious disease with a surge in hospitalizations.





Three-time Prime Minister Boykovolisov refused contact with all media
AFP / Nikolay DOYCHINOV

Voting booths were set up in hospitals, and polling place workers also brought ballot boxes to voters during quarantine.

Borisov’s support for the GERB party has been in power almost uninterrupted for nearly a decade, but was eroded last year by a series of scandals accusing the government of protecting the oligarchy.

If supported, exit poll results mean a reduction of about 9 points from GERB’s 2017 performance.



Bulgarian turnout is expected to be affected by a pandemic


Bulgarian turnout is expected to be affected by a pandemic
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After voting in the absence of journalists, Mr. Borisov said, “I’ve always taken into account people’s decisions … let’s be honest with the elections.”

“The immense support received from our European counterparts demonstrates the importance of Bulgaria’s stable European government,” he said in a Facebook statement.

President Rumen Radev, who has vehemently criticized Borisov in support of last year’s anti-government protests, said he “voted against the destruction of the rule of law.”



Covid-19 infection is on the rise in Bulgaria


Covid-19 infection is on the rise in Bulgaria
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“These elections are a step towards normality,” he added.



Elections proceeded despite the pandemic threatening to alienate voters


Elections proceeded despite the pandemic threatening to alienate voters
AFP / Nikolay DOYCHINOV

Stela Georgieva, 78, is one of the mobile ballot box users and told AFP:

Krasimir Slavchev, 43, bravely confronted the rain outside the polling place in Sofia.

“Voting and exercising responsibility: We must look more at Bulgaria to be the poorest country in the EU,” he said.

Voter turnout figures were carefully watched for signs that the risk of coronavirus infection could alienate some voters.

Exit polls suggest that there is Such Nation, a new populist group led by sharp-spoken talk show host and Borisov critic Slavi Trifonov, may have overhauled socialists in a battle for second place. ..

According to exit polls, the Turkish minority rights and freedom movement party, a traditional kingmaker, was behind them at about 11 percent.

The other two formations were specifically targeted at the votes of those who participated in last year’s demonstrations. In other words, stand up with the right-wing Bulgarian Democratic Union (leader Fristoivanov encouraged protests)! Mafia out! Left Union near Radev.

Mr Ivanov said he wanted “a more legitimate parliament to start discussions on change” on Sunday.

Raising the back is the nationalist VMRO party, GERB’s current government coalition partner, who led an aggressive campaign of anti-Roman, anti-LGBT, and anti-North Macedonian rhetoric.

The polling place closed at 8 pm (1700 GMT).

In addition to regular ballot voting at the majority of polling stations, the introduction of machine voting can delay the first partial official results normally expected late Sunday night.

The Central Election Commission will announce official results by Thursday.



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