Voters are going to the polls in Bulgaria for the second time in three months. Elections in the spring were inconclusive. No party won enough support to form a government.
This time, two parties have been running neck-and-neck in opinion polls – one populist and the other, pro-Europe. They promise drastically different solutions in a nation rocked by alarming revelations of state corruption. Transparency International describes Bulgaria as the most corrupt country in the EU.
So what do Bulgarians want in their second attempt at voting?
A lot of anger is directed against the chief prosecutor of the country – who many hold to be a lynchpin in the corrupt networks of politicians, oligarchs and the judiciary.
Whether change will really come depends on the biggest opposition party, the populist “There is such a people” of talk show host and singer Slavi Trifinov. The polls show them on track to win first place, but their program seems somewhat vague and undefined:
On the outskirts of Sofia, of the Gerb Party holds a final pre-election meeting. Its boss Boyko Borisov ruled Bulgaria for over a decade. He’s fighting a losing battle to keep his hold on power. Still his supporters seem defiant:
But it’s likely that the old face of Bulgarian politics will be gone and not see a comeback after this election day.