If the combined vote of the parties that will remain outside of Parliament in the June 25 election is between 6% and 9%, the crucial threshold for New Democracy in order to win a "safe" outright majority (in the region of 158 seats) will be 40%.
ND leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis wants his party to win a "safe majority" of 158 seats in order to govern with stability.
After three hours of debate and with 186 votes "for" and 32 "against", the parliament created a temporary commission to decide whether to remove the immunity of the people's representatives Boyko Borissov and Daniel Alexandrov from GERB-SDS, Kiril Petkov from "We Continue the Change-Democratic Bulgaria" (WCC-DB) and Dimitar Avramov from the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS).
- More than 542,000 Montenegrin citizens are eligible to vote at 1,038 polling stations.
- The last parliamentary elections in August 2020 saw Milo Djukanovic's Democratic Party of Socialists ousted from power after almost three decades.
Electoral campaign billboards in Montenegrin capital Podgorica. Photo: BIRN/Samir Kajosevic
Since then the small Adriatic country has endured almost constant political turbulence and two governments have been ousted.
Podgorica-based University professor Predrag Zenovic said there are expectations that the elections could herald an end to the turmoil.