Sofia. Source: Focus Information Agency
The weaknesses of GERB and BSP parties will cause voters in the European election to vacillate, political scientist Daniel Smilov told Focus Radio’s
Good Morning, Bulgaria. He said the low turnout, which is typical of European Parliament elections, is a battle between the hard cores. According to the Smilov, the ruling GERB's main resource has always been its leader Boyko Borissov – his participation in the election campaign will compensate for the party’s otherwise standard candidate list. "Both GERB and the [opposition] Bulgarian Socialist Party are entering this campaign with very serious weaknesses. For GERB, things are obvious – with ApartmentGate, I suppose, many people would think twice about supporting the party. It is true that Borissov is taking measures, but they will hardly be sufficient from the point of view of all his supporters, not to mention GERB’s softer periphery. BSP has also its major weaknesses. They relied on the fact that the Prosecutor's Office had made rather far-fetched allegations against Elena Yoncheva, almost accusing her of participation in an organised criminal group together with Tsvetan Vassilev, which did not only puzzle the public but aroused sympathy for her in most people. I guess that’s why she was chosen to lead the party’s list. However, Elena Yoncheva has her own serious weaknesses as a candidate. In this sense, corruption is an issue for both GERB and BSP, and the voter will have difficulty in choosing between the two,” the political scientist explained. In his words, the out-of-parliament right parties united in the Democratic Bulgaria has the best chances among the smaller parties for a positive outcome at the European elections amid the hesitating GERB voters, if, however, they manage to run a vigorous campaign as the ApartmentGate has focused all the attention on the main parties in the political spectrum, and this is dangerous to the “out-of-parliament Right”.
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