9 Out-of-Parliament Parties to Get Subsidy after Bulgaria Vote

Elections 2013 | May 13, 2013, Monday // 18:34|  views


9 of the parties who scored lower than the 4% election hurdle in Bulgaria's Sunday snap elections have qualified to receive a state party subsidy, according to preliminary results from the vote.

This means that they have passed a lower 1% threshold, as mandated by Bulgaria's Electoral Code.

The party which is at present closest to the threshold is the new National Front for the Salvation of Bulgaria, which at 3.76% has strangely emerged as Bulgaria's fifth most voted-for party.

The Front has been founded by Skat TV owner Valeri Simeonov after a rift with nationalists Ataka, and is especially strong in Bulgaria's south-eastern Burgas region.

It is followed by Bulgaria for Citizens, recently founded by former EU Commissioner Meglena Kuneva, which got 3.26%

Former Bulgarian PM Ivan Kostov's Democrats for Strong Bulgaria have received 2.92% of the vote.

They are followed by nationalists VMRO - 1.9%, and the Lider party known to be controlled by controversial businessman Hristo Kovachki - 1.76%.

The Order, Law and Justice (RZS) party, led by Yane Yanev, which was represented in Bulgaria's last parliament received 1.71%.

The Center - Freedom and Dignity coalition between once ruling liberal National Movement for Stability and Prosperity and the Freedom and Dignity People's Party, formed by rebels from the Movement for Rights and Freedoms, got 1.5%.

The Union of Democratic Forces, Bulgaria's main rightist party in the 1990s, received a mere 1.39% of the vote.

The new anti-system Glas Naroden (People's Voice) party, formed by vocal and provocative signer Svetlyo Vitkov, is at present the last party with over 1%, having got 1.35% of ballots.

Bulgaria for Citizens leader Meglena Kuneva, Democrats for Strong Bulgaria leader Ivan Kostov, and Union of Democratic Forces leader Emil Kabaivanov have already announced they will be resigning over poor election results.

In Bulgaria's last parliament, DSB and UDF were represented under the monicker of the rightist Blue Coalition.

In terms of party representation, the composition of Bulgaria's new parliament is set to closely resemble the last one: former rulers GERB, followed by the Bulgarian Socialist Party, the liberal Movement for Rights and Freedom, and nationalist Ataka, bar the absence of the Blue Coalition and RZS.

In all, close to a quarter, or 24.35% of Bulgarian's valid votes, went for parties who did not pass the 4% election threshold.

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