Bulgaria Holds Parliamentary Elections

Oct. 10, 2014, 11:45 a.m.

The election for the 240 seats in Bulgaria’s National Assembly (Narodno Sabranie) was held on Sunday 5 October 2014. Located in Eastern Europe, Bulgaria has a population of 6,924,716 with approximately 6,931,855 registered voters.[i] The Central Election Commission (CEC) announced final results on 9 October 2014. The center-right Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB) won 32.67 percent of the vote or 84 seats in parliament, while the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), formerly in the governing coalition, won 15.4 percent of the vote or 39 seats.[ii] While GERB won the most seats in the election, they did not attain enough to govern alone. Officials from the party said they were willing to form a minority government, but it would not include the Socialists.[iii] Turnout for the election was approximately 47 percent.[iv]

[i] http://www.electionguide.org/elections/id/2800/

[ii] http://sofiaglobe.com/2014/10/09/bulgarias-2014-parliamentary-election-cec-announces-final-results/

[iii] http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/bulgarias-center-party-wins-elections-25988410

[iv] http://www.electionguide.org/elections/id/2800/

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