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Bulgaria near final results give pro-EU party clear victory

  • Bulgarian ex-Premier Boiko Borisov, leader of the center-right GERB party, gestures during a statement at the party's headquarters, in Sofia, Bulgaria, Sunday, March 26, 2017. Bulgaria's center-right GERB party of former Prime Minister Boiko Borisov leads by 4 percent in Sunday's parliamentary elections , according to two separate exit polls conducted by the Alpha Research and the Gallup International Bulgaria polling agencies. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    Bulgarian ex-Premier Boiko Borisov, leader of the center-right GERB party, gestures during a statement at the party's headquarters, in Sofia, Bulgaria, Sunday, March 26, 2017. Bulgaria's center-right GERB party of former Prime Minister Boiko Borisov leads by 4 percent in Sunday's parliamentary elections , according to two separate exit polls conducted by the Alpha Research and the Gallup International Bulgaria polling agencies. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)  (The Associated Press)

  • Bulgarian ex-Premier Boiko Borisov, leader of the center-right GERB party, gestures during a statement at the party's headquarters, in Sofia, Bulgaria, Sunday, March 26, 2017. Bulgaria's center-right GERB party of former Prime Minister Boiko Borisov leads by 4 percent in Sunday's parliamentary elections , according to two separate exit polls conducted by the Alpha Research and the Gallup International Bulgaria polling agencies. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    Bulgarian ex-Premier Boiko Borisov, leader of the center-right GERB party, gestures during a statement at the party's headquarters, in Sofia, Bulgaria, Sunday, March 26, 2017. Bulgaria's center-right GERB party of former Prime Minister Boiko Borisov leads by 4 percent in Sunday's parliamentary elections , according to two separate exit polls conducted by the Alpha Research and the Gallup International Bulgaria polling agencies. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)  (The Associated Press)

  • Bulgarian ex-Premier Boiko Borisov, leader of the center-right GERB party, thanks those who voted for his party during a statement at the party's headquarters, in Sofia, Bulgaria, Sunday, March 26, 2017. Bulgaria's center-right GERB party of former Prime Minister Boiko Borisov leads by 4 percent in Sunday's parliamentary elections , according to two separate exit polls conducted by the Alpha Research and the Gallup International Bulgaria polling agencies. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    Bulgarian ex-Premier Boiko Borisov, leader of the center-right GERB party, thanks those who voted for his party during a statement at the party's headquarters, in Sofia, Bulgaria, Sunday, March 26, 2017. Bulgaria's center-right GERB party of former Prime Minister Boiko Borisov leads by 4 percent in Sunday's parliamentary elections , according to two separate exit polls conducted by the Alpha Research and the Gallup International Bulgaria polling agencies. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)  (The Associated Press)

Near final results in Bulgaria show that a center-right, pro-European Union party is the clear winner in the country's parliamentary election.

With about 96.7 percent of the votes counted, GERB had 32.6 percent of the votes, the central election commission said Monday morning. The results allows party leader Boiko Borisov, a former prime minister, to form his third Cabinet.

The Socialist Party was in second place, polling 27.1 percent. Its leader, Kornelia Ninova conceded defeat and said the party wouldn't take part in a coalition government with GERB.

GERB didn't win enough votes to govern alone, and will likely seek to form a coalition government with some of the three smaller parties whose votes exceeded the 4 percent minimum threshold to enter parliament.