SOFIA, Bulgaria — A
With about 96.7
The Socialist Party was in second place, polling 27.1
GERB didn't win enough votes to govern alone, and will likely seek to form a coalition government with some of the three smaller parties whose votes exceeded the 4
The near final results showed the United Patriots, an alliance of three nationalist parties, winning 9.2
Borisov, 57, resigned as prime minister after his party lost the November presidential election to former air force general Rumen Radev, a Socialist, who
Parliament was dissolved in January, and the president appointed a caretaker government that will stay until a new government is formed.
Borisov said GERB had a "duty to form a government because this is the will of the people and because we triggered these early elections."
"These results make is possible for Bulgaria to have a stable government, which is especially important as the country takes over the EU's rotating six-month presidency in January 2018," political analyst Antoni Galabov said.
Veselin Toshkov, The Associated Press