Opposition Party’s Likely Victory Leaves Bulgaria Facing New Stalemate

Slavi Trifonov in his talk show during a broadcast on May 18, 2020. YouTube still from 7/8 TV.

Former prime minister Boyko Borissov's GERB is currently in second place with 23.69 per cent of the votes cast - less than 6,000 votes apart. The two parties switched first and second places a few times in the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, Trifonov on Monday, in a rare video announcement, warned that his party will not enter talks with any other opposition parties, describing "coalition" as a dirty word and saying he will seek a full majority in future. 

He explained that, as in the April elections, his party does not seek potential partners. This includes the other two parties that raised their profiles during the 2020 protest wave, fit the pro-EU model and have similar ideas about judicial reforms - Democratic Bulgaria, which came fourth with 12.56 per cent of the votes, and Stand Up.BG! Mobsters Out!, which polled about 5.04 per cent. 

All or nothing

"For most of you, through the years I've been in your homes every night", said Trifonov, a fixture in Bulgaria's public life since the mid-1990s, when he started making his way as a singer and actor in a comedy collective and later became TV host of a popular show.

"But there are still people who don't understand what I and my colleagues stand for: we're guided by morals, by the law, by professionalism," he said.

Suprisingly, Trifonov has offered a cabinet of mainly unknown newbies for every ministerial position. Equally curiously, the list does not include either him or his longtime collaborator, Toshko Yordanov.

The announcement acted as a teaser for what would happen if "There's Such a Nation" obtains  undisputed power - a government of aspiring...

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