Bulgaria's new anti-establishment party, There Is Such A People (ITN), said on Monday it would not try to form a government despite a surge of support in this month's parliamentary election. Reuters states that such a decision brings the country closer to snap polls in the summer.
ITN's leader, TV host and singer Slavi Trifonov, said his party lacked enough lawmakers and allies to lead a government and will not accept support from the traditional parties it blames for keeping Bulgaria as the European Union's poorest and most corrupt member state.
His decision came after the center-right GERB party gave up efforts from a government last Friday, following a limited victory in the parliamentary election amid voters' anger over graft.
Once ITN returns the mandate, President Rumen Radev will ask another party of his choosing to try to form a government, but analysts say the chances of such a cabinet are slim.
A third failure would prompt him to appoint an interim government and call for a new election within two months.
On April 14, it became known that the long-term Prime Minister of Bulgaria Boyko Borisov will not run for the post of Prime Minister following the results of the last parliamentary elections. His GERB party, after being in power for almost a decade, won the April 4 election but received only 26% of the vote.