BulgariaVoting has ended in the general election held for the fourth time in the last 18 months. Former Prime Minister, according to ballot box exit polls Boyko Borisov‘s party, Citizens for European Development (GERB), finished first in the general elections. GERB is expected to receive 24.6 to 25.5 percent of the vote, according to exit polls by Gallup International and Alpha Research, while GERB’s rival is Kiril Petkov’s Continue to Change (PP) Party, the leader of the coalition government that collapsed in June. It is estimated that he will receive 18.9 to 19.9 percent of the votes. The third party in the parliament, on the other hand, was the Movement for Rights and Freedoms, the majority of whose members were Turks and Muslims, expected to receive 14.4% to 14.8% of the votes.
In Bulgaria, the participation rate in the early general elections, in which 22 parties and 6 coalitions competed to enter the 240-seat parliament, remained at 35.3 percent.
According to unofficial results, GERB has 66 seats, PP has 52 seats, Movement for Rights and Freedoms Party has 37, Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) has 27, Revival 26, Democratic Bulgaria has 21 and There Is Such a People (ITN) Party 11 seats. expected to win.
A government crisis broke out in Bulgaria on 22 June, after Prime Minister Petkov’s coalition government fell after losing a vote of confidence in the parliament. After the fall of the government, the parties with the most deputies in the parliament were given the task of forming the government, respectively. Bulgarian President Rumen Radev has finally given the mandate to form the government to the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), the continuation of the former communist party. Due to the BSP’s failure to form a government within 7 days, Radev signed the decree on holding early general elections on October 2 and dissolved the parliament, announcing the names of the interim prime minister and ministers. Gilib Donev was appointed to the prime minister’s seat for the incoming government.
Radev had previously given the task of forming the government to the Continued Change Party (PP) and former Prime Minister Boyko Borisov’s Citizens for the European Development of Bulgaria (GERB) Party, respectively.
Three times last year, Bulgaria went to the polls for general elections, and the Petkov government took office on December 13, 2021, with a vote of confidence.