Bulgaria: Boyko Borissov Wins April 4 Elections But Governing Alliance Will Be Difficult

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Bulgaria: Bulgaria: Boyko Borissov Wins April 4 Elections But Governing Alliance Will Be Difficult

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov’s party won Sunday’s general elections, but thorny ties with his political rivals complicated his path to a fourth term as leader of the European Union’s poorest and most corrupt member.

Already one of the EU’s longest-serving leaders, the former bodyguard of the Balkan state’s last communist dictator capitalized on support from conservative voters drawn to his brusque man-of-the-people style. Critics say he has done little to crack down on endemic graft or improve living standards for Bulgaria’s 7 million people.

The main rivals to Borissov’s Citizens for the European Development of Bulgaria party, known as Gerb, have vowed not to cooperate with it -- or each other -- in any governing alliance.

With the route to forming a new government uncertain, Borissov called on his rivals to unite to help Bulgaria combat a resurgence in the coronavirus pandemic, rebuild the economy and prepare to spend billlions of euros in EU funds earmarked for Bulgaria.

“That’s my offer to everyone,” Borissov said on Facebook just hours after voting ended. “Let’s see if we can unite for the good of the country.”https://msn.com


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