Instability is set to continue, so are plummeting living standards
A poster advertising GERB's leader Boyko Borisov, who was prime minister twice in the past 10 years, appeared for a few days on billboards along Bulgaria's highways and on posters posted outside GERB offices in some towns. Borisov, whose candidate, Tsetska Tsacheva lost bitterly to Ret Gen Rumen Radev in the presidential election last year thus prompting her boss to resign and invoke a snap election, appears stern as ever, wearing a general's uniform and posing in front of the Bulgarian national flag. Before taking up politics Borisov was in the protection business, then became this country's top policeman.
"Democracy has deprived us of many things."
Kornelia Ninova, leader of the BSP
President's refusal to appoint a caretaker government hurls nation into prolonged political crisis
... Especially if accompanied by a few sentences to explain the context. The man in the middle is Bulgaria's former Prime Minister Boyko Borisov. The location is Hitrino, a village in northeastern Bulgaria. The occasion is a major train accident at the village station that resulted in a huge explosion leaving eight people dead and devastating many people's homes.
If polls arithmetic is anything to go by, the grouping of small political parties calling themselves the Reformist Bloc and identifying themselves as pro-Western rightwing democrats did poorly at the November presidential election. With just 5.87 percent of the vote (or 253,726 actual votes) their candidate Traycho Traykov lagged behind the extreme nationalist Krasimir Karakachanov (14.97 percent), the politically unknown Veselin Mareshki (11.17 percent), and even the universally reviled former Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski (6.63 percent).
Bulgaria may simmer in Borisov's long shadow for years to come
Intricacies of Bulgarian Election Code jeopardise presidential election
"No, I haven’t slept with the prime minister," Apostol Apostolov, the mayor of Simitli, in southwestern Bulgaria, has stated. He was speaking in response to a friendly shout by Metodi Bachev, an entrepreneur in the road construction business, whose company, Agromax, is known for rarely failing to win a public bid as long as the GERB are in power. Since 2014 alone it has won 293 million leva in contracts.