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Bulgaria to have early election in September or October
June 17, 2014 / 12:21 PM / 3 years ago

Bulgaria to have early election in September or October

SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgaria’s political parties have agreed to hold an early election sometime between Sept. 28 and Oct. 12, President Rosen Plevneliev said on Tuesday.

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev arrives to deliver a statement in the Presidency in Sofia June 17, 2014. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

The coalition of Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski is expected to resign within weeks, after the ruling Socialists did poorly in the European Parliament elections and a junior coalition partner withdrew support.

“The political parties agreed the need for a smooth transition to political stability and the need for further political consultations to set up early elections in the period between Sept. 28 and Oct. 12,” Plevneliev said in a statement after consultations with parliamentary groups.

Analysts expect the centre-right opposition GERB party to win, though it may struggle to cobble together a stable coalition government. The next government must walk a diplomatic tightrope over the fate of the Russian-led South Stream gas pipeline, whose proposed construction has thrust Bulgaria into the middle of a dispute between Moscow and the European Union.

The Socialists had backed the pipeline, angering Brussels which said it violated EU rules.

In a sign the next government could be cooler towards the project, GERB’s leader said if he were to gain power he would scrap a contract with Russian firm Stroytransgaz - whose owner is on Western lists of sanctions targets - to build the Bulgarian leg of the pipeline.

Reporting by Matthias Williams and Tsvetelia Tsolova; Writing by Radu Marinas; Editing by Christian Lowe and Alison Williams

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