Bulgaria's GERB wins majority in EU polls

The opposition GERB party won majorty in the Sunday's European Parliament election in Bulgaria.

Bulgaria's GERB wins majority in EU polls

The opposition GERB party won majorty in the Sunday's European Parliament election in Bulgaria.

Preliminary results from Sunday's EU vote showed GERB won 24.5 percent of votes against 18.6 percent for the ruling Socialist party.

GERB leader, Sofia's straight-talking mayor Boiko Borisov, has won popularity by pledging to clean up the Balkan country's image, with Bulgarians tired of lacklustre reforms, low living standards and judiciary failures.

"I voted because I want to see a greater change", said Sofia resident Zheni Georgieva, 60.

Sunday's vote, overshadowed by allegations of vote buying by virtually all parties, saw the emergence of several new rightist groups.

"Many gave Boiko Borisov their confidence but not the status of a saviour," Kolyo Kolev of independent pollster Mediana wrote in Trud daily.

After two decades of post-communist stagnation and patchy reforms, many Bulgarians feel disillusioned. Turnout was 37-38 percent on Sunday.

"Nothing is going to change, no matter who I vote for. There is no point voting," said Elena, 31, a hairdresser.

Reuters

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