Bulgaria’s judgment center-right GERB party retained control of their capital Sofia in Sunday’s mayoral election, exit polls showed, following a run-off vote which analyzed the party’s support following a series of corruption scandals.
GERB’s Yordanka Fandakova procured 51-53.5percent of votes cast in Sunday’s ballot, based on exit polls by individual pollsters Alpha Research and Trend. That would be sufficient to provide her a fourth term as mayor of this city, home to one in four Bulgarians.
Prime Minister Boyko Borissov’s GERB celebration, that has been in power for the majority of the previous ten decades, has seen its aid decrease in the wake of corruption scandals within the last year. The run-off vote has been held following Fandakova failed to secure an outright victory in the first round a week.
From the first round of local elections nationally last Sunday, GERB won many seats in local authorities in lots of the larger towns, reaffirming its longstanding political dominance, even though its aid had fallen compared to four decades back.
On Sunday its candidates also won the run-offs at Bulgaria’s second and third-biggest cities of Plovdiv and Varna, based on exit polls.
To stay in power nationwide, GERB, which urges fiscal discipline, is based on a coalition with smaller civic parties.
Since coming to power in 2017, Borissov’s third cupboard has increased public cover pushing the average monthly salary in the European Union’s poorest member country by more than 20 percent and cut dole queues. But a lot of folks in the ex-communist nation of 7 million people stay frustrated with entrenched corruption, graft-prone judiciary, and bad healthcare providers.