BULGARIA VOTES TO CHOOSE NEW PARLIAMENT

Sofia, – Bulgarians are voting in early parliamentary elections, with former Prime Minister Boyko Borissov’s Gerb party neck-and-neck.

In the third snap vote in five years, polls opened at 7 a.m. and will close at 8 p.m. While affirming their commitment to the European Union, both Gerb and the Bulgarian Socialist Party have pledged to revive economic ties with Russia.

More than 6.5 million voters are eligible to elect their new government.

Thirteen political parties and nine coalitions are competing for the 240 seats in the national assembly amid a period of political instability.

Opinion polls put the centre-right GERB party of former prime minister Boiko Borisov slightly ahead on around 31 percent of the vote.

A fragile coalition, however, is expected to be the most likely outcome, according to Euronews. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency

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