Bulgaria was elected in the EU country – but the problems are likely to be no less. According to forecasts, the bourgeois GERB is losing approval. Probably also because of allegations of corruption.
Sofia – Despite allegations of corruption, Bulgaria’s ex-Prime Minister Boiko Borissov’s party could have narrowly won the parliamentary elections in the EU country on Sunday – but it definitely missed the absolute majority. Without a stable government majority, new elections could be necessary in the EU country.
The bourgeois GERB received 22.1 percent of the votes in the new election, according to initial forecasts by the Gallup International Institute. According to this forecast, the populist party “There is such a people” ITN of the entertainer Slavi Trifonow is likely to come in with a slight gap to GERB at 21.5 percent. The socialists (ex-KP) would have 15.1 percent. Six parties are likely to move into parliament in Sofia again.
Bulgaria election: predictions there – allegations of corruption could have cost Borisov votes
In Bulgaria, a new parliament was elected for the second time in three months on Sunday. There had been mass protests in the summer of last year because of several corruption scandals by the government and its corona management. The election is therefore also seen as a test of strength between the longstanding power elite and the protest movement. Opponents accuse Borissov of standing for a thoroughly corrupt system of Bulgarian oligarchs. This has massively damaged his image as a fighter for law and order.
The former head of government again rejected any wrongdoing when he cast his vote on Sunday and reiterated his allegations against the transitional government. This has “sown chaos”. With a view to problems with voting computers, he also accused the transitional government of having organized a “Venezuelan” election.
Opponent Trifonov himself did not want to become prime minister or a member of parliament, but merely wanted to enable the formation of a government without the participation of the established parties. “It is time to finish what we started and to completely change the model of government,” he wrote on Facebook. He hopes for a new government made up of “young people, new faces”.
Election in Bulgaria: turbulence ahead of the polls – firewood to buy votes?
The new election had become necessary after a failed government formation due to the regular parliamentary elections in April. Even with this vote, Gerb had lost a lot of support, but remained the strongest force with a good 26 percent. Trifonov’s ITN won 17.6 percent of the vote at the time. In response to the poor election result, Borisov, who had been in power almost continuously in Bulgaria since 2009, resigned.
Before the election, the transitional government tried to tackle the widespread buying of votes and the intimidation of voters. These practices, which are common in Bulgaria, have an impact on five to 19 percent of the vote, according to the anti-corruption fund based in the capital Sofia.
More than 900 people had been arrested in advance because they allegedly wanted to influence poorer people in their voting decisions. According to the Ministry of the Interior, the suspects are said to have offered those eligible to vote gifts of money worth ten to 25 euros, as well as firewood and staple foods.
In the European Parliament, the GERB, like the German CDU and CSU, belongs to the European People’s Party (EPP). At an EPP election campaign before the 2019 European elections, Borissov raised eyebrows with statements in the presence of Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU). (AFP / fn)