With nearly all the votes counted, it is clear Bulgaria’s centre-right GERB party has won the election – but has not done enough to form a government on its own.
Former prime minister and GERB leader Boiko Borisov will not get a majority in the 240-seat parliament. He resigned in February following protests over poverty and alleged corruption.
GERB’s potential coalition partner, the nationalist Ataka, has ruled out a deal. Many are hoping Borisov will act decisively, like Sofia resident Diana Hristova who said: “They have to form a government quickly, no matter what kind of coalition it is. It would be bad to have even more elections and spend even more money.”
So far, figures suggest a turnout of around 50 percent – the lowest in post-communist history.