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Bulgaria in crisis will hold new early elections on November 14 | Bulgaria

Bulgaria will hold early parliamentary elections on November 14 in an attempt to resolve a political crisis that has left it without a regular government for months, the country’s President Rumen Radev said on Saturday.

Bulgarians voted in April and July, but both ballots resulted in fragmented legislatures. No party has been able to form a government to succeed the nearly 10-year term of former Conservative Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.

“The elections will be held on November 14,” Radev said in Pleven, in the north of the country, adding that they would coincide with the first round of a presidential election.

Radev, who is also running for a second term, is expected to sign an official decree in the coming days to dissolve parliament and appoint an interim administration to organize the vote.

Recent opinion polls suggest Borisov’s GERB party may take the lead in the new vote, ahead of showman Slavi Trifonov’s new anti-establishment ITN party.

Pollsters predicted another very fragmented parliament, however.

Bulgaria is a parliamentary republic and its 240-seat legislature, elected for a period of four years, votes in a cabinet.

The country’s president has a more ceremonial role as head of state and commander-in-chief of the armed forces.

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