2017 Bulgarian parliamentary election

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The 2017 Bulgarian parliamentary elections were held in Bulgaria on 26 March 2017. They were originally scheduled for 2018, but the previous political parties could not form a government. So early elections were called.[1]

Before the elections, Boyko Borisov resigned from his prime minister position after the Bulgarian presidential election, 2016.

In order for a political party to win seats, they must receive at least 4% of the popular vote.[2]

The pro-European Union party, GERB, won the most seats. The Bulgarian Socialist Party gained the most seats, while the Reformist Bloc lost all of their 23 seats.

Opinion polls[change | change source]

Below is the weekly average of opinion polls in 2017 towards the election. The dots at the end of the graph show the final results. Bulgarian Opinion Polling, Weekly Average.png

Results[change | change source]

Parliamentary election
Choice Votes % Seats +/–
GERB 1,147,283 32.65% 95 Increase 11
Bulgarian Socialist Party 955,490 27.20% 80 Increase 41
United Patriots 318,513 9.07% 27 Decrease 3
Movement for Rights and Freedoms 315,976 8.99% 26 Decrease 12
Volya 145,637 4.15% 12 Increase 12
others 542,705 15.45% 0
None of the above 87,854 2.50% 0
Total votes 3,513,458 100% 240

Aftermath[change | change source]

After the results, Boyko Borisov is expected to become prime minister again.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Bulgaria Heads for Early Elections Balkan Insight, 20 December 2016
  2. Bulgaria IFES
  3. Georgiev, Ognyan (27 March 2017). "Bulgaria's Borisov is Back — But Coalition May be Shaky". Politico. Retrieved 27 March 2017.