Bulgaria, Sofia-Voters will participate in Bulgarian polls for the first time in three months this weekend, as no party has secured enough support to establish power in the April parliamentary elections. Former Prime Minister Boyko Borissov’s GERB party performed best in inconclusive elections, with only 26% of the votes. With widespread public dissatisfaction, the party’s
Bulgaria, Sofia-Voters will participate in Bulgarian polls for the first time in three months this weekend, as no party has secured enough support to establish power in the April parliamentary elections.
Former Prime Minister Boyko Borissov’s GERB party performed best in inconclusive elections, with only 26% of the votes. With widespread public dissatisfaction, the party’s popularity has declined from four years ago, when it accounted for 33% of the vote.
According to the latest polls, support for GERB has declined even further since the interim government president Bulgaria, which was established in May, began investigating alleged corruption during the time of Prime Minister Borisov.
Opinion polls suggest a neck-to-neck competition between the Borisov party and its main rival, the anti-elite “there are such people.” It is led by the popular TV entertainer Slavi Trifonov.
“There are two clear trends in the last few months, mainly the erosion in favor of the GERB party by the actions of the interim government and the slight but clear growth of’there are such people’,” said politicians. Dimital Ganev said. A Bulgarian research firm Trend analyst told The Associated Press.
He believes that political maverick Borisov, 62, is unlikely to take office for the fourth term, regardless of whether GERB first ended in Sunday’s elections.
“We hope that the next government will be formed by the so-called opposition,” Ganev said.
Borisov has previously succeeded in gaining domestic and international support by combining populist streetman rhetoric with pro-Western slogans.
However, during last month’s month of protests, thousands went to the streets, accusing Borisov and his government of protecting the oligarchy, refusing to reform the judiciary, and suppressing freedom of speech. ..
Interim government investigations shed more light on some of these accusations.
The interim minister claims that dozens of opposition politicians were illegally eavesdropped before the April elections. They also claim that billions of public funds have been distributed to preferential private sectors without a bidding process, making businessmen subject to intimidation and blackmail.
Bulgaria, a member of both the EU and NATO, is also under scrutiny from its Western partners due to long-standing problems with corruption that adhere to the rule of law and maintain media freedom.
Last month, the US government sanctioned a network of several Bulgarian civil servants and businessmen, including two strong oligarchy, and dozens of companies over their “widespread” role in corruption. The US Treasury said the move was the only and greatest action ever against corruption anywhere in the world under the Magnitsky Act.
Political analysts assume that US sanctions imposed just weeks before the election could further boost opposition anti-corruption debates.
The key question in the next vote is whether there are such people, and whether the other two parties will get enough seats to form a viable coalition government.