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Pro-EU party triumphant in Bulgarian elections

A centre-right, pro-European Union party is the clear winner in Bulgaria's parliamentary elections, near-final results show.

With about 96.7% of the votes counted, GERB has 32.6% of the vote, the central election commission said.

The result allows party leader Boiko Borisov, a former prime minister, to form his third cabinet.

The Socialist Party is in second place, polling 27.1%. Its leader, Kornelia Ninova, conceded defeat and said the party would not take part in a coalition government with GERB.

GERB failed to win enough votes to govern alone, and will likely seek to form a coalition government with some of the three smaller parties whose votes exceed the 4% minimum threshold to enter parliament.

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