GERB party's victory to keep Bulgaria on pro-EU path

  • Elisabeth Gheorghe
  • 27.3.2017 18:09

Former Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov won Bulgaria’s snap elections for the third time in five years, setting his GERB party on course to form a centre-right coalition and maintain the country’s pro-European path on 26 March. With 99 percent of votes counted, GERB had 33 percent, while coalition-reluctant pro-Russian Socialists gained 27 percent, the Central Electoral Commission said on 27 March. The third-placed nationalist United Patriots, GERB’s expected coalition partner, obtained 9.1 percent.

EU and NATO member Bulgaria seeks to end the political upheaval that brought a spate of elections. While both GERB and the Socialists campaigned to revive Russian business ties, Borissov did not join calls to veto EU sanctions against Russia. Bulgaria additionally detected new Black Sea gas deposits and sees increased NATO cooperation. Although a setback for Moscow, which has sought to exploit divisions within the EU, Borissov is unlikely to deviate much from his past foreign policy, balancing ties with Russia in a balancing act of East and West.

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