Bulgarians will vote on Sunday, 11 July for the second time this year, after the country’s political parties failed to build a governing coalition following the April elections.
This election takes place in the shadow of the spring vote and last summer’s protests, which drew on public anger at corruption and perceived weaknesses in the rule of law. In parallel, Bulgaria has consistently scored at the bottom of rule of law and press freedom indexes for the European Union in recent years.
Corruption, press freedom and the role of the prosecutor general directly influence public discourse ahead of the vote. These are issues that we examined in March, and they continue to influence the vote.
It's a tight race, with the polls showing the governing GERB party and newcomer There Are Such People neck and neck.
There's a lot to keep track of, but DRI's Jakub Jaraczewski highlights what you need to know ahead of Sunday’s vote.
We thank Bilyana Gyaurova-Wegersteder, Executive Director of the Bulgarian Institute for Legal Initiatives, for her input.
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