SOFIA, Bulgaria – Two exit polls indicate that Bulgaria's center-right party and its main challenger, the Socialists, have finished first and second in Sunday's parliamentary election, with neither one winning a majority needed to form a government.
If that outcome is confirmed, it could lead to more political and economic instability in this financially strapped Balkan nation.
Some 6.9 million eligible voters were choosing among candidates from 36 parties. But voter apathy was widespread, and allegations of vote fraud and an illegal wiretapping scandal marred the campaign.
The Alpha Research exit poll said former Prime Minsiter Boiko Borisov's GERB party won 31.1 percent, with the Socialists were second with 27.1 percent. A separate exit poll by Sova Harris said Borisov's party won 31 percent of the vote, with the Socialists at 25.3 percent.