March 26, 2017 / 1:18 AM / 3 years ago

Center-right party wins 32.6 percent in Bulgarian election, 90 percent of votes counted

Former Bulgarian prime minister and leader of centre-right GERB party Boiko Borisov arrives for a news conference at the party's headquarters in Sofia, Bulgaria March 26, 2017. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgaria’s center-right GERB party led in a parliamentary election, scoring 32.58 percent of the vote with 89.7 percent of ballots counted on Monday, data from the electoral commission showed.

The Socialist party (BSP) was in second place with 26.8 percent of the vote, followed by the nationalist alliance United Patriots with 9.2 pct, according to the latest count.

Two more political parties were set to enter the Balkan country’s next parliament - the ethnic Turkish MRF party scoring 8.9 percent and populist Will party scoring 4.1 percent of the vote so far, the commission data showed.

Final official results are expected on Thursday.

Reporting by Angel Krasimirov

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