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Bulgaria exit polls suggest win for pro-Western GERB party


Exit polls in Bulgaria`s parliamentary elections suggest that centre-right GERB party will claim victory with around 32% of the vote, or between 86 and 88 seats in Parliament, according to Euronews.

The party leader, Boiko Borisov, who resigned as prime minister in November 2016, appears to have made a comeback, Euronews reports.

”This result confirmed categorically that GERB should be the leading ruling party,” he said, adding that GERB would make ”utmost efforts” with potential coalition partners to form a government quickly.

In the run-up to the snap election, Nationalist party the United Patriots was pegged to be the deciding factor in a tight race. It seems set to take home an estimated 9.5% of the vote, representing between 25 and 27 seats.

The BSP Socialist Party was Borisov`s main contender throughout the campaign. It seems set to win in the region of 28%, or 75-77 seats.

BSP party chief, Kornelia Ninova, has vowed to improve ties with Russia, even if it poses problems for relations with Bulgaria`s European Union partners.

Read alsoRussian spies seek to undermine EU solidarity, require response to match The election was triggered by Socialist-backed candidate Rumen Radev`s win in November`s presidential vote.

Borisov stepped down as prime minister in the wake of his victory.

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