Polling is being held in Bulgaria today for the third parliamentary elections in eight months this year to end the political stalemate. However, opinion polls point to another inconclusive result that could hamper efforts to tackle high energy prices, a jump in COVID-19 cases and widespread corruption.
An election for the largely ceremonial post of the President is being also held today. Polls show incumbent Rumen Radev is poised to win re-election for a second five-year term after a likely run-off vote on November 21.
Bulgaria has been gripped by political uncertainty since April when an election ended the decade-long rule of former Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and his center-right GERB party following massive anti-graft protests against him last year.
Policy differences and rivalry prevented his opponents, the so-called parties of change, from forging a ruling coalition after the April election and another ballot on 11 July.