Pro-European party wins elections in Bulgaria

Source : 112 Ukraine

Pro-Russian Socialist Party gained 6% fewer votes
13:44, 27 March 2017

Pro-European party of the ex-Prime Minister of the country Boyko Borisov GERB (Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria) won the parliamentary elections in Bulgaria. It has outrun the pro-Russian Socialist Party led by Cornelia Ninova, reports bgnews.

According to the agency, the Central Election Commission has processed 89.73% of ballots. The final official results will be announced within three days.

GERB party won, gaining 32,58% of votes. 26,82% of voters were for pro-Russian Socialist Party headed by Cornelia Ninova. She has already admitted defeat and congratulated her opponents.

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A coalition United Patriots that include several parties overcame the 4% barrier to the Parliament with 9,17%. Movement for Rights and Freedoms party that represents the Muslim population of Bulgaria (8,93%) and the populist party Volya (4,11%) also made it to the Parliament.

The balance of political forces in the parliament of new convocation will determine the foreign policy direction of Bulgaria. One of the main campaign promises of GERB leader was to join the eurozone and strengthen relations with the EU.

Since January 2017 the country was managed by an interim government appointed by a new pro-Russian president Rumen Radev.

Earlier it was reported that Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev has recommended his successor Rumen Radev not to recognize Crimea as the Russian territory. "If we want to see the peace in Europe, there must be rules and we have to respect them," Plevneliev said.

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