Bulgaria elects new parliament

Opinion surveys predict the biggest vote winner will be the center-right GERB party led by a former prime minister, Boyko Borisov.

By: Associated Press | Sofia | Published:October 5, 2014 10:30 am
A man looks at pre-election posters of the Bulgarian Socialist's party in Sofia, Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. (Source: AP) A man looks at pre-election posters of the Bulgarian Socialist’s party in Sofia, Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. (Source: AP)

Bulgarians are voting in a parliamentary election hoping a new government will end the political stalemate, revive the economy, solve a severe banking crisis, and find ways to ease Moscow’s grip on the country’s energy supplies.

Opinion surveys predict the biggest vote winner will be the center-right GERB party led by a former prime minister, Boyko Borisov, but it will fall short of a majority.

FILE - In Thursday, May 16, 2013 file photo, Boyko Borisov, Bulgaria's ex-prime minister pauses, during a news conference after the official announcement of the election results in Sofia. Bulgarians are voting Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, in a parliamentary election that will determine whether the country continues to build a Russian gas pipeline that would give the Kremlin even more leverage over Europe’s energy market _ a project the European Union opposes. (Source: AP) FILE – In Thursday, May 16, 2013 file photo, Boyko Borisov, Bulgaria’s ex-prime minister pauses, during a news conference after the official announcement of the election results in Sofia. Bulgarians are voting Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, in a parliamentary election that will determine whether the country continues to build a Russian gas pipeline that would give the Kremlin even more leverage over Europe’s energy market _ a project the European Union opposes. (Source: AP)

The 55-year-old could face an uphill battle in building a coalition government which would fuel instability in a country already on a downward economic spiral.

Bulgaria, a nation of 7.3 million — the poorest in the European Union, is struggling with corruption and a widespread disillusionment with the governing elite that is expected to result in a low turnout.

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