Crisis-hit Bulgaria to Hold New Snap Election on 14 November

Bulgaria will hold snap general elections on 14 November to try 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 polls resulted in fragmented legislatures. No party has been able to form a government to succeed the almost 10-year tenure of former conservative prime minister Boyko Borisov.
“The elections will be on 14 November,” Radev said in the northern town of Pleven, adding that it would coincide with the first round of a presidential election.
Radev, who is also running for a second term, is due to sign an official decree in the coming days to dissolve parliament and appoint a caretaker administration to organise the vote.
Recent opinion polls suggest that Borisov’s GERB party could retake the lead in the new vote, ahead of the new anti-establishment ITN party of showman Slavi Trifonov.
Pollsters however forecast another badly fragmented parliament.
Political analysts expect that a new vote could have a similar outcome and deepen the political impasse that has gripped the European Union’s poorest member for months.
They also expect political instability to hinder Bulgaria’s ability to effectively fight a new surge in the COVID-19 pandemic or tap the EU’s coronavirus economic recovery fund, and disrupt its path toward adopting the euro currency in 2024. /Compiled from wires-