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. http://parties-and-elections.eu/bulgaria.html. 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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