GERB

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GERB (which stands for Граждани за Европейско Развитие на България, "Grazhdani za Evropeysko Razvitie na Bŭlgaria," meaning Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria. The word герб/gerb also means "coat of arms" in Bulgarian) is a political party in Bulgaria. The party leader is Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.

The party supports Bulgaria's membership in the European Union.[1] They are also called a liberal conservative[2] and populist[3][4] party. The party has been an important force in Bulgarian politics since it's creation in 2006. Their best performance was in the 2009 Bulgarian parliamentary election, where they received around 40% of the national vote and won 117 out of 240 seats. Their most recent performance was in the 2017 Bulgarian parliamentary election, where they received 33% of the national vote and won 95 out of 240 seats.

Performances[change | change source]

Parliamentary elections[change | change source]

Election # of seats won # of total votes % of popular vote Seat change % change
2009 117 / 240 1,678,583 39.72%
2013 97 / 240 1,081,605 30.54% Decrease 20 Decrease 9.18%
2014 84 / 240 1,072,491 32.67% Decrease 13 Increase 2.13%
2017 95 / 240 1,147,283 32.65% Increase 11 Decrease 0.02%

References[change | change source]

  1. Routledge Handbook of European Elections edited by Donatella M. Viola, page 639
  2. Nordsieck, Wolfram (2011). "Bulgaria". Parties and Elections in Europe. Retrieved May 29, 2012. 
  3. Novaković, Igor (2010). ""European" and "Extreme" Populists in the Same Row – the New Government of the Republic of Bulgaria" (PDF). Western Balkans Security Observer (ISAC Fund) (17): 63–73. http://www.isac-fund.org/download/academic/Bezbednost-zap-balkana-Bugari-eng.pdf. Retrieved December 19, 2011.
  4. Cristova, Christiana (2010). "Populism: the Bulgarian case" (PDF). Sociedade e Cultura (Goiânia) 13 (2): 221–232. http://www.revistas.ufg.br/index.php/fchf/article/download/13426/8664. Retrieved December 19, 2011.

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