The party of former Bulgarian prime minister Boyko Borisov, the center-right GERB, won the highest support in Sunday’s early parliamentary elections, indicates an exit poll by Alpha Research. On the other hand, the study of Gallup Int. Gives the right-wing victory Continue Changes. The incumbent leader Rumen Radev won the presidential elections held at the same time, but a second round will probably be needed.
As the results of the Alpha Research poll show, former prime minister Boyko Borisov’s GERB can count on 24.8 percent of the vote. The new centrist party, We Continue Changes, set up in September by Kiril Petkov and Asen Wasilev, graduates of Harvard University, economy and finance ministers in the first interim government, can count on a second result, which obtained 24.1 percent of the vote. A total of six parties will most likely enter parliament.
Gallup Int. Reported slightly different results. According to her, the party Continuing Changes received the most, 25.7 percent, while GERB is in second place.
Presidential elections in Bulgaria
In the simultaneous presidential election, the current head of state, Rumen Radev, clearly won the fight for a second term, receiving 49.1 percent of the vote according to preliminary data.
The second round of presidential elections will take place in a week’s time. Radeva’s rival is supported by GERB, the rector of Sofia University, Anastas Gerdjikov, who, according to exit polls, obtained 24.1 percent of the vote on Sunday.
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