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Former prime minister Boyko Borisov's GERB party is leading in 5 October snap parliamentary election, but, according to exit polls, it fell short of an overall majority.

The outcome is a “highly fragmented parliament, with the presence of 7-8 parties”, writes Sega, forecasting “severe problems in the formation of a new cabinet”.

GERB is expected to win between 85 and 100 of the 240-seat parliament. The rival BSP (socialist) party “strongly collapsed”, scoring “the biggest loss since the transition. They will have less than 50 seats.” The DPS, an ethnic Turkish party, is expected to get between 20 and 35 seats, while some four smaller parties are expected to overcome the 4 per cent threshold. According to the daily —

In search of an alternative, people punished the major parties by voting for the smaller ones.