Not Your Normal Bulgarian Elections

Will the elections this weekend be a repeat of April’s surprise outcome?

8 July 2021

Spasimir Domaradzki

Visegrad Insight Fellow

Many factors have changed since Bulgarians last voted, but the electoral math is anything but uncertain. Continued revelations about vast corruption in the former government help the opposition’s chances, but informal apparatuses from state capture and loyalists of the previous regime are still in control of many agencies and could position the former administration to take back power.

After only three months, Bulgarians are heading to the polls again on 11 July. After three attempts to create a government, President Radev dissolved the short-lived parliament and designated a caretaker government with the purpose of holding new elections.

Bulgaria’s new chance

Although the dominant assumption is that caretaker governments are mere administrators securing the endurance of the state apparatus during the period of no viable government, this is not the case in Bulgaria.

Stefan Yanev

The government of Prime Minister Stefan Yanev has followed the spirit of the anti-Borisov protests enduring for over a year and profoundly contributed to the creation of a substantially new political environment ahead of the elections this Sunday.

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Spasimir Domaradzki

Visegrad Insight Fellow

Visegrad Insight Fellow. Researcher and lecturer at the Faculty of Political Science and International Studies of the University of Warsaw and Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Lazarski University in Warsaw.

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