Bulgaria: Nationalists Win 9.3% In Parliamentary Elections, Will Be Part Of Ruling Coalition Government


The Bulgarian nationalist party United Patriots won 9.3% of the vote in parliamentary elections held on March 26th.

In a surprise move, the center-right, pro-E.U. party, GERB (Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria) announced that it will partner with United Patriots.

UP is itself a coalition of three nationalist groups: National Movement of Bulgaria (IMRO), National Front for the Salvation of Bulgaria (NFSB) and ATAKA (Attack!).

Furthermore, the new civic nationalist, anti-immigration party Volia won 4.3 percent of the vote. This party was formed in 2016 by Veselin Mareshki, a businessman who ran on a populist, nationalist, anti-immigration and pro-Russian platform.