5 Bulgarian Parties to Win EP Seats – Poll

Society | January 23, 2014, Thursday // 15:34|  views

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Five Bulgarian political parties will have representatives in the European Parliament if European elections were to be held now, according to a recent poll.

The poll has been conducted by the Sova Haris agency between January 10 and 15.

The Bulgarian Socialist Party, BSP, would have 7 MEPs, the formerly-ruling, opposition and centrist Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB – 6, the liberal, predominantly ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms, DPS – 2; the populist "Bulgaria without Censorship of controversial former TV journalist Nikolay Barekov and the right-wing Reformist Bloc - 1 each.

The margin between GERB and BSP is 1.1%.

Regarding general elections in the country, if they were to be held now, BSP would win 87 parliamentary seats; GERB – 82, DPS – 30, the Reformist Block – 18, the extremist nationalist Ataka – 10, and Barekov's party – 13.

The margin between BSP and GERB is melting – from 5% in November to slightly over 1% now.

However, pollsters from the agency say that BSP's approval is about 2.4% higher than the one for GERB, which speaks of a larger potential of the first.

They further believe that former two-term President and former BSP leader, Georgi Parvanov, has chosen a very inappropriate moment to revive his ABV movement, stressing that it would not lead to a split in the socialist party and the damages for the latter will be minimal.

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Tags: Reformist Bloc, Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria, Movement for Rights and Freedoms, Ataka, DPS, BSP, Bulgarian Socialist Party, GERB, Sova Haris, poll, Bulgaria without Censorship, Nikolay Barekov, elections, European elections 2014, Georgi Parvanov, ABV movement


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