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Bulgaria sinks deeper into uncertainty on vote stalemate

Bulgaria sunk deeper into political uncertainty after final election results published Wednesday showed that the Socialist party and potential partner MRF have failed to secure enough seats to form a government. Both parties are now looking to the fiercely nationalist and unpredictable Ataka party for backing, raising the spectre of an unstable and short-lived government. Final results of Sunday's elections showed the outgoing GERB conservatives garnering 30.5 percent of the vote, followed by the Socialist BSP with 26.61 percent.

Bulgaria's Boyko Borisov: tough enough to be PM again?

Former bodyguard and prime minister Boyko Borisov, whose party -- according to exit polls -- came first in Bulgarian elections on Sunday but without a majority, is as charismatic as he is tough. But the dramatic way his first term ended in February makes it clear that these qualities may not be enough to tackle the deep problems faced by the European Union's poorest country. And before he even tries, first he needs to form a government. After winning just 30.3 and 33 percent of the vote, this will be a difficult task.

Bulgaria election sets up stalemate, fresh protests

Bulgarian ousted premier Boyko Borisov's party came first in tense elections Sunday but fell short of a majority, exit polls showed, setting the scene for political stalemate and fresh protests. Three months after the biggest demonstrations in years prompted the former bodyguard to tender his government's resignation, Borisov's GERB party won between 30.3 and 33 percent of the vote, the exit polls showed.

Bulgaria's Boyko Borisov: tough enough to be PM again?

Former bodyguard and prime minister Boyko Borisov, whose party -- according to exit polls -- came first in Bulgarian elections on Sunday but without a majority, is as charismatic as he is tough. But the dramatic way his first term ended in February makes it clear that these qualities may not be enough to tackle the deep problems faced by the European Union's poorest country. And before he even tries, first he needs to form a government. After winning just between 30.3 and 33 percent of the vote, this will be a difficult task.

Uncertainty in Bulgaria after tense election

Bulgaria faced fresh political uncertainty Monday after tough guy ex-premier Boyko Borisov fell way short of a majority in elections held three months after mass demonstrations forced his government's resignation. After a tense campaign marred by allegations of vote-rigging, former bodyguard Borisov's conservative GERB party came first with 30.74 percent of the vote, according to official results with 99 percent of ballots counted.

Uncertainty in Bulgaria after tense election

Bulgaria faced fresh political uncertainty Monday after tough guy ex-premier Boyko Borisov fell way short of a majority in elections held three months after mass demonstrations forced his government's resignation. After a tense campaign marred by allegations of vote-rigging, former bodyguard Borisov's conservative GERB party came first with 30.71 percent of the vote, according to official results with 96 percent of ballots counted.

Monitors OSCE broadly positive on Bulgaria election

Monitoring body the OSCE Monday gave Bulgaria's elections an overall clean bill of health but said that incidents during the campaign had undermined trust in democratic institutions in the ex-communist country. The vote on Sunday was "held in a competitive environment, fundamental freedoms were respected, and the administration ... was well managed," the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe said.

Uncertainty in Bulgaria after tense election

Bulgaria faced fresh political uncertainty Monday after ex-premier Boyko Borisov fell way short of a majority in elections held three months after mass demonstrations forced his government to resign. After a tense campaign marked by allegations of vote-rigging, Borisov's conservative GERB party came first with 30.71 percent of the vote, according to official results with 96 percent of ballots counted.

Bulgaria election sets up stalemate, fresh protests

Bulgarian ousted premier Boyko Borisov's party came first in tense elections Sunday but fell short of a majority, exit polls showed, setting the scene for political stalemate and fresh protests. Three months after the biggest demonstrations in years prompted the former bodyguard to tender his government's resignation, Borisov's GERB party won between 30.4 and 34 percent of the vote, the exit polls showed.

Borisov secures slim victory in Bulgaria election

Bulgarian ousted premier Boyko Borisov's party came first in tense elections Sunday but fell short of a majority, exit polls showed, setting the scene for political stalemate and fresh protests. Three months after the biggest demonstrations in years prompted the former bodyguard to tender his government's resignation, Borisov's GERB party won between 30.3 and 33 percent of the vote, the exit polls showed.
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