2014: General Elections Resulted in Fragmented Parliament
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The instability of the ruling BSP-DPS majority in the 42nd National Assembly, the anti-government protests that lasted for a whole year, and the low public confidence in the institutions, led to the resignation of the Oresharski Cabinet and early parliamentary elections.
Following consultations between the three leading parties GERB, BSP and DPS with the then not parliamentary represented BWC on June 27 it was decided that early parliamentary elections would be held on October 5.
The government of Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski deposited its initially negotiated resignation on July 23.
Following the elections, eight parties are represented in the 43rd National Assembly.
Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB) won the elections with 84 mandates, the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) received 39 seats, the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) got 38 members of parliament.
The Reformist Bloc (RB) got 23 members, the Patriotic Front (PF) received 19 seats, Bulgaria Without Censorship (BWC) obtained 15 mandates, Ataka and the Alternative for Bulgarian Revival (ABV) won 11 seats each.
The number of Bulgarians, who exercised their right to vote at the early parliamentary elections was just above 3 501 000. The number of invalid votes was considerable – 218 125.
Analysts were confused with the presence of so many parliamentary represented parties.
Most of them predicted that the parties would not be able to reach an agreement and even if an agreement for a coalition government was to be reached, it would not last long, which would result in new elections.
The 2014 parliamentary elections will be remembered for the rise of the small parties and the dissatisfaction with the large ones.
For the first time at these elections two nationalist formations – PF and Ataka entered Parliament.
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