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Exit polls show Bulgaria's GERB ahead in election

SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgaria’s opposition GERB party was ahead in Sunday’s parliamentary election, with one exit poll showing it won 117 seats against 39 for the ruling Socialists in the 240-seat legislature.

Bulgarians went to the polls angry about endemic corruption and a painful recession, punishing the Socialists for botched reforms and a lack of results in combating crime.

Exit polls conducted by Alpha Research and Sova Harris showed center-right GERB winning 38.5-41 percent in the proportional vote for 209 seats, with the Socialists getting 17.9-18.4 percent.

Under Bulgarian law, 31 deputies are elected individually and 209 are chosen in a proportional vote from party lists.

Partial results are due later on Sunday.

Reporting by Anna Mudeva