Borisov continues to advance in the Bulgarian elections, polls show
Former Prime Minister Boyko Borisov’s party was the first in Sunday’s national election, giving him the advantage of forming a government for a fourth term as prime minister, according to polls.
However, Borisov, who runs the EU’s poorest and most corrupt state, could fight to form a coalition, according to Transparency International, because rivals have pledged not to join the party-led government.
Borisov’s Citizens for the European Development Party of Bulgaria (Gerb) won 25.7 percent in Sunday’s vote, according to a survey conducted by the Alpha Research poll for BNT public television.
However, that result is much lower than the 33.5 percent achieved four years ago, and the party looks set to lose its capital Sofia for the first time in 15 years.
Opposition Socialists won 17.6 percent, less than expected. The city is home to a new party called Such People, Stanislav Trifonov, who led a populist interview session campaigning on the rule of law, came in third with 15 percent.
A different poll, conducted in Sofia by Gallup International, puts Trifunov in second place who has previously ruled out forming a coalition with Gerbera or the Socialists.
Borisov may have difficulty forming a government because three of the seven parties that appear to be entering parliament are opposed to the gerbera. They grew up on the one hand protest the move against Borisov this summer, against prosecutor Ivan Geshev, and ties with businessmen like politician Delyan Peevski.
“The current status quo is no longer possible, which is a partial victory in last summer’s protest,” Vessela Tcherneva, a Sofia office in the European Foreign Relations Council, said of the results.
The protests, which lasted more than 100 days, were sparked by a crackdown by the Interior Ministry in July on the office of President Rumen Radev.
But it sparked anger corruption and Borisov’s critics were a legal system that selectively protects government allies from their enemies. Borisov, who has been in power for two short breaks since 2009, refused to resign, as he had twice before, while he was not very happy.
Trifunov was a candidate for the first time, and the anti-corruption platform included the call for direct elections by the chief prosecutor, the national ombudsman and the directors of regional directorates and the heads of regional departments of the Interior Ministry.
His party seems to be dismantling the rights and freedoms movement, which traditionally represents ethnic Turks and operates in the post-election reign, from third place. Alpha polls gave the party 11 percent.
Democratic Bulgaria, great sponsor they won about 10% of last year’s protests, according to polls. Protest party “Stand up! Mafia Out! ”Also exceeded the threshold for entering parliament.
Borisov, dressed as an effective manager who has built infrastructure across the country, has also suffered personal graft allegations. In the summer, a photo of what was supposed to be his bed closet appeared, with a gun on it and cash containers of unknown origin for about 1 million euros. Borisov, a former bodyguard for communist dictator Todor Zhivkov, admitted he had a gun, but said the photos were cured.
Observers say the process of forming the government will take a long time and it will be possible to hold new elections.
The delays could affect Bulgaria’s ability to obtain a new share of EU recovery funds and eliminate applications to join the eurozone in 2024 and enter the Schengen-free travel zone.