After the second round of local elections in Bulgaria, the distribution of forces is already different.
Although many former mayors have retained their posts, there are enough changes on the map of the regional cities in the country that speak of a shift in power between parties and coalitions.
If we consider only the regional cities, the situation is as follows:
Who will hold how many regional cities after the elections:
- GERB – 12
- PP-DB – 4
- BSP – 2
- DPS – 1
- ITN – 1
- SDS – 1
- DBG – 1
- Green Party – 1
- Independents with the support of GERB – 2
- Independents with the support of BSP – 2
According to the poll data COAT OF ARMS remains the largest political force at the local level. Over the next 4 years, Boyko Borisov’s party will hold 12 regional cities: Burgas, Veliko Tarnovo, Vratsa, Gabrovo, Montana, Pleven, Plovdiv, Sliven, Smolyan, Stara Zagora, Targovishte and Haskovo.
Two more will be governed by independent mayors who were elected with the support of GERB.
The two regional cities in question are Pernik and Yambol, where Stanislav Vladimirov and Valentin Revanski won the most convincing victories already in the first round. Both of them with their local coalitions will also hold the majority in the municipal councils. So it is debatable to what extent the influence of GERB in these municipalities will be so strong.
During the next term We continue the change – Democratic Bulgaria will control four regional cities. Vasil Terziev’s victory in Sofia may be challenged by Vanya Grigorova’s team, but with the current results, he and the formation behind him win the capital.
In addition, PP-DB will also take the third largest city in Bulgaria – Varna, as well as Blagoevgrad and Pazardzhik, where their candidates won unexpected victories over the previous mayors.
Officially BSP will hold over the next four years two regional cities – Ruse and Shumen. However, in two more – Razgrad and Silistra – independent candidates supported by BSP will govern.
Among the regional cities DPS will have its own mayor only in Kardzhali, but the party can boast of being the second largest force in the number of municipal councilors in the entire country.
SDS retains its control over the smallest regional city in our country – Vidin, after the incumbent mayor Tsvetan Tsenkov defeated the GERB candidate Alexander Mateev.
“There is such a people” a regional city will also have its own mayor. Stanimir Petkov, nominated by a local coalition of ITN and “Bulgarski Vozhod” wins in Lovech and replaces the previous mayor of the city Valentina Nedyalkova from GERB.
Movement “Bulgaria of citizens” there will also be a mayor in a regional town – Dobrich. Although with a broad local coalition, in which, in addition to DBG, ITN, NDSV, the Union of Free Democrats and VMRO-BND also participate, the candidate Yordan Yordanov won the runoff, sealing his third term as mayor.
A surprising victory took and Green Party in Kyustendil, where the local candidate Ognyan Atanasov won over longtime mayor Petar Paunov from GERB.