Boiko Borisov, who resigned as prime minister in November, 2016, amid apparent waning support for his conservative party, appears to have made a comeback in Bulgaria’s parliamentary elections.
Exit polls suggest his centre-right GERB party will claim victory with around 32 percent of the vote, or between 86 and 88 seats in Parliament, meaning he would need to form a coalition government.
“This result confirmed categorically that GERB should be the leading ruling party,” he said, adding that GERB would make “utmost efforts” with potential coalition partners to form a government quickly.
In the run-up to the snap election, Nationalist party the United Patriots was pegged to be the deciding factor in a tight race. It seems set to take home an estimated 9.5 percent of the vote, representing between 25 and 27 seats.