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