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Bulgaria election: PM Borissov’s party wins but falls short of majority

Despite emerging the strongest party, Borissov’s GERB took a hit at the ballot box following last year’s anti-corruption protests

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov’s party is set to take the largest share of seats in the country’s parliament, according to official interim results released on Monday.

The tallies, however, show the center-right, pro-European Union GERB party falling short of an absolute majority — indicating a tough road ahead for coalition talks.

Partial results released by the Central Election Commission show GERB garnering around 25% of the vote.

Five other parties, however, are set to enter parliament as well — including three protest parties.

In a surprise showing, the protest party “There Is Such a People” (ITN) is in second place with 19%. The party is led by TV presenter, cabaret artist and prominent COVID-19 denier, Slavi Trifonov.

Results show the opposition Socialists coming in third with just under 15%.

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