Three Party Leaders Quit after Election Defeat

Three Party Leaders Quit after Election Defeat

The leaders of the centrist Bulgaria for Citizens Movement, and two right-wing parties - Democrats for Strong Bulgaria (DSB) and the Union of Democratic Forces (UDF) - announced their resignation as party leaders after their formations failed to cross the threshold for entry into parliament at Sunday's general elections.

According to official data based on some 96% of the ballots counted, only four parties will be represented in the National Assembly. GERB, the centre-right party of Bulgaria's ousted prime minister Boyko Borisov, won 30.7% of the votes versus 27.0% for the Socialists' Coalition For Bulgaria, 10.6% for the ethnic Turks' Movement for Rights and Freedoms and 7.4% for the ultra-nationalist Ataka.

The Bulgaria for Citizens Movement was backed by 3.4%, DSB garnered the support of 2.94% and the UDF received 1.4% support, the Central Election Commission said.

"In my view there are no winners at this elections, we all suffered defeat because the hope for turning Bulgaria into a normal country is gone," Meglena Kuneva, leader of Bulgaria for Citizens Movement said upon announcing her resignation, as quoted by  Sofia News Agency (

Former prime minister Ivan Kostov, who heads DSB, and Emil Kabaivanov, leader of the UDF, too announced their decision to resign.



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