Former Prime Minister Boyko Borissov’s center-right GERB party and a new populist party have gone hand in hand in the export polls.

Export polls showed that there was no clear winner in Bulgaria’s parliamentary elections on Sunday. Former Prime Minister Boyko Borisov’s center-right GERB party has a narrow lead over the new anti-elite party (ITN).

Surveys by Gallup International and Alpha Research show that GERB has a support rate of 22.1% to 23.5%, while ITN, led by popular TV presenter and singer Slavi Trifonov, has a support rate of 21.5% to 22.3% in the election. It is Bulgaria’s second place in three months.

The results of the polls close to the export highlight a deep disagreement over Borisov’s decade-long ruling legacy, as people are increasingly angry about the widespread corruption in Bulgaria, the poorest member of the European Union.

Political observers said that even if the official results confirm that the German Baath Party is the largest party, its chances of forming a ruling coalition are slim.

People vote during the Sofia parliamentary elections [Spasiyana Sergieva/Reuters]

GERB ranked first in the April election, but was evaded by other parties.

With the support of its possible partners (two small anti-corruption organizations), ITN is in a better position.

It is now possible for weeks of coalition negotiations and even another election to be held, which means that Bulgaria may face difficulties in taking advantage of the EU’s multi-billion euro coronavirus recovery plan or approving its 2022 budget plan.

Anthony Todorov, a professor at the University of New Bulgaria, told AFP that if the deadlock leads to another election, “the voters will be exhausted and their support for democracy will be eroded” and extremists will benefit from it.

But Boriana Dimitrova of the Alpha Institute told bTV that “the political parties are aware” that voters are tired and that “they will work hard to form a government.”

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