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MRF calls for stability and security after Bulgaria snap elections
Tuesday 28 March 2017 12:03

Early elections in Bulgaria called by the right-wing GERB party of former Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, have seen LI full member Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) finish fourth, just 0.08% behind the extreme right-wing xenophobic coalition block of the “United Patriots”. LI Treasurer on the Bureau Dzhevdet Chakarov was re-elected as a Member of Parliament and MRF will join representatives from 4 other parties in parliament.

“We thank our voters, the ones who gave the vote for the Movements of Rights and Freedoms – MRF (LI full member), and to reassure them that their vote will not be in vain,” said MRF leader Mustafa Karadayi after the announcement of the election results. Karadayi said that MRF hopes that the winners from GERB “have learned their lessons from their two unfinished mandates” in the aftermath of three cabinets which resigned and three snap elections, adding: “We have evaluated the circumstances and see the problem in the formula used in building a governmental majority.” He said that “it is important that Bulgaria has stability and security” offering MRF’s “formula for stability based on values and similarities in the programme.”

Asked about the interference from abroad, Karadaya was resolute that “MRF has always defended and will always defend the independence of the Bulgarian political system and the participants in that system.”

“The campaign leading up to yesterday’s elections allowed participants to compete for the support of the electorate. With regard to the laws and rules governing elections, work still needs to be done to bring these more in line with OSCE commitments and other international standards,” said Roman Jakic, Head of the OSCE/ODIHR limited election observation mission and former ALDE Party Treasurer. “Today’s [preliminary] statement will be followed by a final report with recommendations on how to address the shortcomings identified in the legal framework and electoral practice. I hope the authorities will see the final report as an opportunity to follow up and address these issues.” 

The final results of the parties that managed to enter the parliament are:
GERB
- 32.65% of the votes

Coalition "BSP for Bulgaria" – 27.2%
Coalition "United Patriots - NFSB, Attack and VMRO" - 9,07%
MRF - 8.99%, and
"Will"  party - 4.11%.

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