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Bulgaria's ousted centre-right GERB extends lead before May vote

SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgaria's centre-right GERB party, which resigned from power after protests in February, is extending its lead over rival parties before an election due in May, a poll showed on Thursday. Support for Boiko Borisov's GERB grew to 22.5 percent in April, from 21.9 percent in March, while backing for the Socialists dropped to 16.9 percent from 17.4 in the previous month, according to an Alpha Research poll.

Ousted Bulgarian PM widens lead in polls ahead of vote

Bulgaria's recently ousted prime minister Boyko Borisov and his conservative GERB party look likely to return to power in snap elections next month, as they continue to lead opinion polls. The latest survey by the Gallup institute on Wednesday put GERB ahead with 38.5 percent of votes, compared with 32.8 percent for the opposition Socialists among 998 people polled.

Bulgaria's ousted centre-right extends lead before May poll

SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgaria's centre-right GERB party, which was forced from power by nationwide protests in February, has extended its lead ahead of elections in May which are likely to produce a hung parliament, an Alpha Research poll showed on Monday. Support for GERB, led by former Prime Minister Boiko Borisov, stood at 21.9 percent in March, up from 20.9 percent in January, while backing for the Socialists fell to 17.4 percent, according to the poll.

Bulgarian PM's party still leads polls despite protests

The right-wing party of Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov is still likely to win snap elections in May, even after he resigned last month amid mass protests against poverty and corruption, polls showed Monday. Borisov's GERB party would garner between 19.7 and 21.3 percent of likely votes, compared to between 18.6 and 20.4 percent for the opposition Socialists, two polls by the Mediana and Gallup institutes showed.

Bulgarian centre-right hold lead in March, poll shows

SOFIA (Reuters) - Support for Bulgaria's centre-right GERB led by ex-Prime Minister Boiko Borisov fell in March after protests about living standards but it held a lead over the Socialists ahead of May elections, a poll showed on Saturday. Support for GERB was 19.7 percent in March, down from 22 percent in February while backing for the Socialists fell to 18.6 percent from 22 percent in the previous month, according to the Gallup International poll.

Bulgaria MPs trade accusations as parliament dissolved

Bulgarian lawmakers Thursday used the final session of parliament before being dissolved ahead of early elections in May to blame each other for the political crisis gripping the European Union's poorest country. Angel Naydenov from the opposition Socialist party said that the "desperate" four people who set themselves on fire during the past month of protests, three of whom died, "symbolise the results of this government".

Bulgaria protesters struggle to unite for election challenge

* No sign they can form party in time for May election * Will make it easier to form new government * But means Bulgarians' discontent may persist By Angel Krasimirov SOFIA, March 11 (Reuters) - Leaders of protests that felled the Bulgarian government are struggling to unite to form a single political party that can challenge the old order at May's election.

UPDATE 1-INTERVIEW-New Bulgarian party opposed to coalition deals

(Adds details on policies, quotes) By Tsvetelia Tsolova SOFIA, March 7 (Reuters) - The leader of a new pro-business Bulgarian political party said she will not support any coalition after elections in May, making an extended period without government more likely for the EU's poorest country.

Bulgarian premier hospitalised again amid protests

Bulgaria's outgoing Prime Minister Boyko Borisov was hospitalised Sunday with severe hypertension for a second time this week, amid a new wave of mass street rallies. Borisov, 53, was admitted in hospital with "high blood pressure and an overall weakness" and is currently undergoing infusion therapy, hospital chief Lyubomir Spasov said. "We are monitoring him, his blood pressure is still high but we hope to normalise it," Spasov added.

Large anti-poverty, corruption protests in Bulgaria

Tens of thousands of Bulgarians rallied across the country on Sunday, in the latest sign that the government's resignation last month failed to calm public anger about poverty and corruption. In the capital Sofia metal fences and a heavy police presence prevented protesters from reaching an official flag-raising ceremony for national liberation day commemorating the end of Ottoman occupation in 1878.
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