In the general election held for the formation of the 240-member 48th Parliament in Bulgaria, the ballot boxes were closed.
While the official results are expected to be announced after 3 days, at least 7 political parties and coalitions to enter the parliament have exceeded the 4 percent threshold, according to the unofficial results based on the parallel census of the polling institutions.
In the general elections in Bulgaria, the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (HÖH), whose members are mostly Turks and Muslims, became the third largest power in the parliament.
The voter turnout was around 35 percent.
According to the preliminary results based on the exit polls announced by the Alpha Research public opinion research company, the GERB party, led by Boyko Borisov, one of the former Prime Ministers who ruled Bulgaria for about 12 years until 2021, won 25.5 percent of the votes and finished in the first place.
The Continue to Change (PP) party, which ruled the country for half a year as the leader of a coalition government after the last early general election, took the 2nd place with 19.9 percent of the votes.
GREAT SUCCESS OF HÖH
The Movement for Rights and Freedoms (HÖH) party, which has the country’s most disciplined electorate, whose members are mostly Turks and Muslims, showed a historical rise and became the country’s 3rd largest political power with 14.4 percent of the votes.
The pro-Russian Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), which carries out politics along the political line of the former communist party, lost votes due to internal intrigues and ranks 4th in the new parliament with 10.2 percent.
The staunchly pro-Russian Rebirth party, which carries out politics along the populist line, will also increase its votes compared to the previous election and become one of the major political forces in the parliament with 10 percent.
Democratic Bulgaria (DB), which won the votes of the right-wing urbanist supporters, is shown in the Parliament as the closest possible partner of the PP, with 7.9 percent of the votes, as the 6th power of the parliament.
Populist showman Slavi Trifonov’s There Is Such a People (ITN) party, which has been conducting politics without showing its face to the press for years, seems to have crossed the threshold for now with 4.2 percent of the votes.
The Bulgarian Rise (BV) party, founded by former pro-Russian Defense Minister Stefan Yanev, representing the close circle of President Rumen Radev, seems to be below the parliamentary threshold with 2.9 percent of the vote.
Political observers suggest that only a coalition government can emerge from the new parliament, albeit with difficulty.
Bulgarian citizens went to the polls 4 times for general elections in the last 1.5 years.