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Bulgarian center-right party emerges as election winner but will struggle to form a government

Preliminary results show Bulgaria's center-right party appears to have received most votes in parliamentary elections but has fallen short of winning a majority needed to form a government.

The Citizens for Bulgaria's European Development party of former Prime Minister Boiko Borisov is ahead with 30.71 percent, followed by the opposition Socialists with 27.02 percent with 96 percent of the ballots counted.

Results published by the Central Election Commission on Monday show that two more parties will enter Parliament — the mainly Turkish MRF party with 10.59 percent and the nationalist Ataka party with 7.38 percent.

Prospects for Borisov to form a coalition government are small as all other parties have refused to join him.