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GERB-UDF Coalition Leads in Bulgaria’s Parliamentary Elections: Exit Polls

GERB-UDF Coalition Leads in Bulgaria’s  Parliamentary Elections: Exit Polls

SOFIA- GERB-UDF coalition party leads in Bulgaria's early parliamentary elections by a narrow margin, according to exit polls announced by the Bulgarian National TV on Sunday.
According to Alpha Research Agency's exit poll, GERB-UDF is expected to have 23.5 percent of the votes, against 22.3 percent for There Is Such A People.
The exit poll by Gallup International said that GERB-UDF is leading the elections with 22.1 percent, and There Is Such A People takes 21.5 percent.
Alpha Research said the two formations would be followed by a coalition led by the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) with 14.1 percent, Democratic Bulgaria coalition also with 14.1 percent, the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) with 11.7 percent, and "Rise Up! Thugs Out!" coalition with 5.5 percent.
According to Gallup International, BSP has got 15.1 percent of the votes, followed by Democratic Bulgaria with 13.7 percent, MRF with 12 percent, and "Rise up! Thugs out!" with 4.8 percent.
Boriana Dimitrova, manager of Alpha Research, said that several key questions, including who will be first and third, remain open.
The official results are expected to be released on Thursday.
Earlier on Sunday, after casting a ballot in a polling station in Sofia, Bulgarian President Rumen Radev said he expected that the parties had learned their lesson from the previous elections and would act much more constructively and responsibly in forming a stable government. "This is their most important task," Radev said.
He said he hoped the next parliament "will give birth to an energetic, predictable and legitimate government," Radev said.
The same six formations entered the parliament after the previous elections, which were held on April 4 this year. However, they failed to form a government, so Radev dissolved the National Assembly and appointed a caretaker government.
Bulgarians all over the world went to polls on Sunday to vote in the country's early parliamentary elections.

More than 6.7 million voters are eligible to elect 240 lawmakers from 15 political parties and eight coalitions, according to official data. (Xinhua)