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It's Official and Final: Seats in Next Bulgarian Parliament Tied 2:2

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Bulgaria: It's Official and Final: Seats in Next Bulgarian Parliament Tied 2:2 According to the final ballot count, the seats in Bulgaria's future Parliament will be divided equally between BSP and DPS(120) and GERB and Ataka (120). File photo

The seats in the 42nd Bulgarian General Assembly will, after all, be divided equally between the Socialists and ethnic Turks on one side, and the centrist GERB and the nationalist Ataka on the other, the election body announced in a final statement.

The final vote count results mean that the line-up of both camps fall short of the 121 seats needed for a majority and the formation of a government.

The data was released on Wednesday after the Central Electoral Commission, CEC, processed 100% of the ballot protocols from the country and 100% of those from abroad and calculated the MP mandates for each of the four parties, which passed the 4% threshold.

Results from the May 12 early general elections show that four Bulgarian parties made their way to Bulgaria's Parliament.

They are: the center-right Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria, GERB, party of former Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, the Bulgarian Socialist Party, BSP, the ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms, DPS, and their self-proclaimed arch enemies - the far-right nationalist Ataka (Attack).

According to the final CEC count – GERB + Ataka will have together 120 seats and DPS + BSP – another 120 in the 240-seats unicameral Parliament.

GERB has 30.50% of the vote, BSP – 26.61%, DPS – 11.29%, and Ataka – 7.30%.

The number of MP seats each of the four parties have won are as follows – 97 for GERB, 84 for BSP, 36 for DPS, and 23 for Ataka.

Stunningly for many, none of the oldest "hardline" right-wing formations are going to be in the next Parliament.

From the right-wing parties, which are credited with throwing out the ex-communists who had pushed the country to the brink of financial crisis in the 90s, only Democrats for Strong Bulgaria, DSB, of former Prime Minister Ivan Kostov came the closest, but still garnered only 2.92 % of the vote.

The right-wing Bulgaria for Citizens of former EU Commissioner, Meglena Kuneva, was also close to the 4% threshold, but failed to pass it with 3.35%.

The nationalist National Front for Salvation of Bulgaria garnered 3.71% of the votes.

Some of the other parties below 4%, among the total of 38 parties and 7 coalitions, which joined the race, are: the other nationalist VMRO, the Center - Freedom and Dignity, which is a coalition between the party of former Tsar and Prime Minister, Simeon Saxe-Coburg and of ethnic Turkish politicians (Kasim Dal) who left DPS, the right-wing Union of Democratic Forces, UDF, the Greens, and the Coalition Gorda Bulgaria (Proud Bulgaria) of MEP, Slavi Binev.

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Pantudi - 17 May 2013 // 10:43:36

The elections commission announces a 2:2 tie??? C'mon Novinite, you are not THAT stupid, the commission never announced that. What makes you think that Ataka and GERB are on the same team?

Mephisto - 17 May 2013 // 10:26:43


thanks, I appreciate your response.

George Zheliazkov - 17 May 2013 // 01:19:37

I was under the impression that everybody on this forum has plenty of time and in fact doesn’t know what to do with it….
Anyways the essence is there Mephisto, focus on the growing economies and emerging markets.
Say goodbye to the old and face the new reality. Widen your comprehension spectrum on global trade and opportunities.
The DEBTveloped markets like the EU and the US will be stagnated from now on and trade should be focused on the growing economies…
NONE of this was done on significant level in Bulgaria for the past 23 years.
Just an example to clarify what I mean by growth, China is adding every year to its economy one country with the size of the Canadian, Australian or Turkish economies….(one trillion dollars!!!)
Enough said, now I really don’t have the time for more…..

Mephisto - 16 May 2013 // 21:07:57


I really don't want to dismiss your comment, but since most of us are a bit short of time and won't have therefore an opportunity to go through all the links you posted: what is the essence of your message?

George Zheliazkov - 16 May 2013 // 19:44:01

There will be no prosperity no matter what political party will be in charge in Bulgaria UNLESS they realize where the future global growth will be.
Lack of flexibility, too much of nationalism and chauvinism, etc. results in:
and this
and this…..

Good policy and flexible stimulus lead to
and this
and this
and this
It’s a new world out there and you better realize it!

George Zheliazkov - 15 May 2013 // 20:48:53

What Bulgaria needs is new parties and new leaders. Options are what the people need!
The new generation younger Bulgarians should start forming their new parties in order to be able to build a new prosperous Bulgaria rightfully positioned and oriented towards the new global reality!
All those present political parties are nothing more than a perplexed and incapable residue from the past 23 years of a painful, unsuccessful and inappropriate transition to a new political and economic system.

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