Thursday, May 16, 2013

Bulgaria's leading party demands vote rerun after 'violation'

Bulgaria's GERB party is demanding a rerun of Sunday's election, blaming illegal campaigning for its failure to win more support and prolonging a political vacuum that would further undermine the European Union's poorest economy.

Center-right GERB, which won 97 of 240 parliamentary seats and cannot form a majority coalition, was swept from office in February by street protests over living standards, corruption and organized crime.

Leader Boiko Borisov said on Thursday he will propose a minority government, even though it will not be voted in by parliament, if the constitutional court has not ruled on GERB's complaint before the new assembly is convened.