Bulgarian Nationalists Rule Out Coalition with Ex-Rulers
Bulgarian nationalist party Ataka (Attack) will not enter a coalition government with the center-right GERB of former PM Boyko Borisov, Ataka leader Volen Siderov declared on Wednesday.
Expectedly, Siderov also said that Ataka would not cooperate with the predominantly ethnic Turkish Movement for Rights and Freedoms.
The nationalist leader told bTV that Ataka has not been approached for coalition negotiations by any party so far.
He did not rule out the possibility of supporting an expert government – an idea endorsed by the Bulgarian Socialist Party.
The formerly-ruling centrist Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB, gathered 30.503% of the votes in Sunday’s general election, final results show.
Left-wing Bulgarian Socialist Party, BSP is next with 26.614% , then follow the liberal ethnic Turkish Movement for Rights and Freedoms, DPS, which has tangibly increased its results up to 11.293% and the far-right, nationalist Ataka - 7.302%. All other parties running in Sunday's vote have remained below the 4% election hurdle.
The latest data confirms expectations by other analysts that the Socialists and the Movement together might have garnered more votes at Sunday elections in comparison with those cast for GERB and Ataka combined.
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