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Boyko Borissov, Sofia mayor and informal leader of centrist GERB, a likely winner in the first MEP vote, was quick to turn his back on journalists Sunday night, saying he had too much to do after heavy rains hit the capital.
"I have nothing to do here.
The outcome of Bulgaria's first European Parliament election will not trigger a cabinet shake-up or snap polls, Socialist leader and Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev.
Stanishev's comments came amid confusion which party won the most votes, with pollsters
Voter turnout in Bulgaria's first European elections stood at 28,69 % on average, data from the Central Electoral Commission shows.
Voter turnout hit the highest levels in the towns of Silistra (48.
Hans-Gert Poettering, President of the European Parliament, welcomed the new members of the EU assembly from Bulgaria, stressing that the elected 18 MEPs will be the voice of the Bulgarian citizens.
Bulgaria's ethnic Turk Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) could turn out a surprise winner in the country's first ever MEP vote, an exit poll by Sova Harris agency showed.
MRF won 21,7%, followed by ruling coalition partners Socialists with 21,3%, wh
The recently - hatched right - wing formation, informally led by Sofia mayor Boyko Borissov, surprisingly advanced ahead of the ruling Socialist party with 24% of the vote, final exit polls show.
"Bulgaria's rightist parties made two grave mistakes - failing to come out with a joint list for the MEP election and failing to push through the no confidence motion against the cabinet," Union of Free Democrats (UFD) leader and former Sofia mayor Stefan
The leader of Bulgaria's nationalists, who are projected to secure three seats in the European Parliament, expressed concerns over the confident showing of its arch enemy - the party of the ethnic Turks - in Sunday's vote.
Bulgaria's ruling Socialists and the GERB party of Sofia mayor Boyko Borissov, one of the most outspoken critics of the government coalition, are set to win five MEP seats each, exit polls showed after the close of voting on Sunday.
Five Bulgarian parties made their way to the European Parliament, exit polls show.
Bulgarian Socialists and the GERB party of Sofia mayor Boyko Borissov won the most votes in the country's first elections for the European Parliament, an exit poll by Gallup showed after voting closed on Sunday.
The Socialists, senior partner in the thre
Bulgarian voters residing outside the country ignored the country's first election for the European Parliament on Sunday, data from the Central Electoral Commission shows.
Only 3,759 Bulgarians cast their ballots in the 35 polling stations opened abroad
All inmates in the prison in Bulgaria's central city of Pazardzhik have already cast their ballot in the MEP vote, the head Vesselin Kotsev announced.
The voting day ended just four hours after the polling station was opened.
Simeon Saxe-Coburg, Bulgaria's former exiled king who returned to the country to storm the political establishment in 2001, was left disappointed with the low turnout as he cast his ballot in the first MEP vote in the country on Sunday.
"We did everythin
The large-scale corruption scandal implicating top-level government officials has cast a long shadow over Bulgaria's first MEP vote, according to Sofia mayor.
"The scandal killed Bulgarians' last hope of honest and ethical politics," mayor Boyko Borissov
The preferential vote, introduced for the first time in the country is the best thing that could happen to Bulgaria and this is an indication for a well functioning democracy, leader of the Union of Democratic Forces said after casting his ballot.
Bulgaria's ethnic Turkish party wants to show that the voting restrictions will in no way affect the party's turnout in the MEP vote, the ethnic leader Ahmed Dogan said after casting his ballot.
The leader of Bulgaria's nationalists Volen Siderov said he cast a ballot for the patriots, who will defend the national interests in the European parliament.
Turnout in Bulgaria's MEP vote across the country averaged 13.24% around 2 pm, the Central Election Commission announced.
On the first-ever MEP vote, the Bulgarian citizens will recognize the false action heroes and the bullies in politics, country's PM said after he cast his ballot in polling station N 43.
It is not a secret that there are certain politicians and businessm
It is possible the scandals on the tops of the judiciary and the executive powers, that marked the development of the MEP vote campaign, to make the voters hesitant, Bulgaria's president said after he cast his ballot on Sunday.
There is always a penal vo
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