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Bulgaria Heads for Snap Vote as Last Attempt at Government Fails

  • Socialists fail to muster majority support in parliament
  • Polls show big chance of hung parliament after snap vote
Kiril Petkov took office in December with a pledge to fight graft.

Kiril Petkov took office in December with a pledge to fight graft.

Photographer: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

Bulgaria headed for its fourth election in less than two years when a last-ditch bid to reconstitute a toppled government failed, deepening a political crisis that risks holding up euro adoption and European Union aid.

The Socialist party -- a junior partner in outgoing Prime Minister Kiril Petkov’s ruling coalition -- will return its cabinet-forming mandate on Thursday, opening the path for President Rumen Radev to dissolve parliament and schedule a vote that may take place as early as Oct. 2. Caucus leader Georgi Svilenski said on Wednesday that his party sought support for a legislative program until the end of this year but didn’t get enough votes in a parliamentary motion.