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Gerb at minimum lead in Bulgaria

A woman casts her vote in the parliamentary elections in the Bulgarian capital Sofia.

A woman casts her vote in the parliamentary elections in the Bulgarian capital Sofia.

picture: Valentina Petrova / AP / TT

By a narrow margin, conservative Gerb appears to be able to alienate the newly formed rock star Slavic Trifonov’s party ITN. But ITN may still have more chances to form a government in Bulgaria.

After 95 percent of the votes were counted in the parliamentary elections, Jarb had 23.9 percent support and ITN 23.7 percent, according to the election commission.

However, analysts believe it is unlikely that Gerb will be able to form a government, Reuters writes.

The question is whether ITN, which means “there is such a people,” can do that. The anti-establishment party has garnered a lot of support from recent popular protests against corruption and abuse of power, and Trifonov announced on Monday that he wants to make an attempt to form a government on his own, without joining a coalition.

Trifonov is a famous personality who has released more than 20 music albums and has also led the most popular talk shows in Bulgaria for the past 20 years. Perhaps he can count on two parties considered close to ITN: the Anti-Corruption Democratic Bulgaria Party and ISMV (short for “Travel! Get out of the mafia!”). They currently receive 12.6 and 5 percent of the vote in the election, respectively.

Final results are expected on Thursday.

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