Bulgaria after Vote: Bleak Outlook or Dead End
Only four Bulgarian parties - those that got most discredited over the past decade thanks to corruption and links with the oligarchy - made it to parliament on Sunday.
It is either because:
1. Bulgarians' level of tolerance to nausea is very high and has got even higher than four years ago.
2. In Bulgaria if you have lots of money, you surely enter parliament.
I would rather put my bet on the second answer.
Prior to the elections the recently ousted center-right GERB party maintained its lead in opinion polls over the Socialists, its main rival.
Interestingly and most surprisingly to all who still believe in fair elections, this is exactly what happened on Sunday.
“If GERB is the largest party in parliament, what was the point of staging protests?”, many people ask.
Figures bear out their growing anger - 800 000 dead souls in electoral lists, half a million Roma people, who were more than happy to sell their vote, plus another at least 300 00 fake ballots.
Well, at least those figures make the elections result more than clear and understandable, a major problem for both Bulgarians and foreigners.
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