Parliamentary elections started in Bulgaria | PULSE 24

The fourth parliamentary election in 18 months began in Bulgaria on Sunday morning. The polling stations are scheduled to close at 8 p.m., when the post-election polls are expected. In June, the government of liberal Prime Minister Kiril Petkov was overthrown by a vote of no confidence after just seven months in office. Petkov’s newly founded party “We are continuing the change” (PP) was around 16 percent in the polls.

The conservative party Gerb of his predecessor Boyko Borissov comes to around 25 percent. The election campaign in the poorest EU member state was dominated by the Ukraine war and uncertain gas supplies. Bulgaria is historically and culturally closely linked to Moscow. The invasion of Ukraine has caused deep divisions in the country of 6.5 million people.

While Borissov tries not to jeopardize relations with the EU, Russia and Turkey, Petkov took a clear pro-European stance during the election campaign.

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