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May 21,2007
Bulgaria elects European parliamentarians
by UPI

SOFIA, Bulgaria - Bulgaria's center-right GERB party, the ruling Socialist Party and the ethnic Turk party placed took the top three places in European parliamentary elections.

The opposition Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, or GERB, won 21.69 percent, SNA reported. The Socialists won 21.41 percent and the ethnic Turk Movement for Rights and Freedoms, or MRF, was third with 20.26 percent of the vote.

Turnout was low at 28.6 percent of eligible voters, the Serbian news agency Beta said.

The top three parties are expected to win five seats each in the European Parliament, Beta said quoting public opinion polls by Bulgarian institutes.

Bulgaria joined the European Union Jan. 1 and was granted 18 seats in the parliament.

Two other parties made the 5.66 percent threshold needed to win at least one seat. The Bulgarian nationalist Ataka party was fourth at 14.22 percent and the National Movement placed fifth with 6.26 percent of the vote.

Copyright ©  2007, by United Press International. All Rights Reserved.

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