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The shadow of former Prime Minister Borisov also hangs over these elections
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Bulgaria is set to elect a new parliament for the fourth time in a year and a half on Sunday. The vote became necessary because the Liberal Socialist coalition government headed by Prime Minister Kirill Petkov (PP) was ousted by a vote of no confidence in June. Opinion polls point to the return of corruption-ridden ex-prime minister Boyko Boriso and his bourgeois campaign GERB. He eagerly awaits the strength of the pro-Russian forces.

Polls put the ruling PP party (“We keep changing”) in second place with a good 16 percent of the vote. According to opinion polls, Borisov’s party is likely to win the elections by up to 25 percent. Borisov was voted out of the opposition camp in April 2021 after allegations of corruption. 6.6 million voters are invited to elect 240 deputies from among 28 parties and coalitions.

Thanks to proportional representation, up to eight parties, some at odds, can enter the newly elected parliament. According to sociologists, many undecided voters in opinion polls can change the outcome of expectations.

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