Six parties enter next Bulgarian parliament

Most probably, however, it will be short-lived - until next elections

The Central Electoral Commission on Tuesday released the results of the 4 April general elections based on the processing of 100% of the voting section tally sheets, according to which four coalitions and two parties will be represented in Bulgaria's next parliament.

These are the GERB-UDF coalition - 837,671 votes (26.18%), There Is Such a People - 564,989 votes (17.66%), the BSP for Bulgaria coalition - 480,124 votes (15.01%), Movement for Rights and Freedoms - 335,701 votes (10.49%), the Democratic Bulgaria Alliance coalition - 302,270 votes (9.45%); the Stand up! Mafiosi out! coalition - 150,921 votes (4.72%).

The nationalists from the IMRO-BNM party failed to clear the 4% entry threshold and will not be represented in the next parliament. Some 116,430 people cast a ballot for them on 4 April, which is 3.64% of the total votes.  

What now?

Once the 45th National Assembly is convened, it is the president's duty to hand the largest party, in this case GERB, a mandate to form a government. However, there is not much of a chance that GERB will be able to form one. Under the law, the second largest party, There is Such a People, has to get such a mandate next. It is also highly expected to fail. On the campaign trail, the party vowed not to form a ruling coalition with any of the parties involved in the last parliament. A potential coalition with Democratic Bulgaria Alliance and Stand up! Mafiosi out! would not have the majority of seats needed to govern the country.

The third largest party, BSP, has no real prospects of forming a cabinet either. It is prepared to enter into a ruling coalition with anyone except GERB, but the other parties are adamantly against such collaboration.

In such a scenario, President Rumen Radev will be forced to dissolve the National Assembly, appoint an interim government and set a date for new general elections to be held within 60 days.

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