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Published: 0344 GMT October 02, 2022

Bulgarians vote in 4th election in less than two years

Bulgarians vote in 4th election in less than two years

Leader of GERB party Boyko Borissov speaks at an election rally, ahead of October 2 snap elections, in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, on September 30, 2022.

Bulgarians voted in their fourth national election in less than two years on Sunday, with little hope for a stable government emerging because of deep divisions within the political elite over how to tackle entrenched corruption.

Prolonged political turmoil threatens to undermine Bulgaria's ambitions to join the euro zone in 2024 amid double-digit inflation and steep energy prices, and could lead to a softening of Sofia's stance on the war in Ukraine.

Opinion polls suggest that up to eight political parties may enter the next parliament, with the centre-right GERB party of former long-serving premier Boyko Borissov, 63, leading with about 25%-26% of the vote.

Just as last year, Borissov, who has pledged to bring stability, is widely expected to struggle to find coalition partners among his major rivals who accuse him of allowing graft to fester during his decade-long rule that ended in 2021.

The We Continue the Change (PP) party of reformist premier Kiril Petkov, whose coalition cabinet collapsed in June, is running second on 16-17% in opinion polls.

Failure to forge a functioning cabinet would leave the rule of the EU and NATO-member state to a caretaker administration appointed by Russia-friendly President Rumen Radev.






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