GERB is largest party
Bulgaria's 4th election within 18 months saw Boyko Borissov's GERB emerging as the largest party, followed closely by WCC. GERB scored 25.33%, while the winner from the previous election WCC received 20.20% of the votes. Third was the pro-Turkish DPS at 13.76%. DPS also received the most votes outside the country. Almost 55,000 people voted for the party, headed by Mustafa Karadayi, from Turkey'. Anti-Nato Vazrazhdane is fourth with 10%, followed by the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) and then the Democratic Bulgaria (DB) coalition.
Surprisingly, former caretaker prime minister Stefan Yanev's party Bulgarian Rise passed the threshold for entry into parliament, scoring just above 4%.
WCC loses 13,000 votes
A total of 174,627 Bulgarian citizens voted from outside the country.
For the second time in a row, votes cast from abroad put DPS in third place, predominantly thanks to the large number of overseas ballots, of which 94% came from Turkey. This time, however, the movement won 33,000 fewer votes than at last November's vote.
We Continue the Change (WCC), although in second place, lost more than 13,000 votes. The big surprise was Vazrazhdane, which added more than 10,000 votes to its tally from November.
WCC does not want GERB or DPS
According to co-leader of WCC Assen Vassilev, the results clearly show that his party lost the elections, but this gave GERB and DPS a mandate to form a coalition and govern the country. "We deeply disagree with the way GERB governed the country in the past, but the Bulgarian citizens made their decision," Vassilev added.
"We want to respect the people's choice and the fact that GERB is the first political force. They bear a huge responsibility. 8 months ago we formed a government with just 67 MP's. Now it is their turn to form a coalition," added the former Prime Minister Kiril Petkov who once again affirmed that his party would not participate in a coalition with GERB or DPS.