Bulgarian parliamentary election, 2001

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Bulgarian parliamentary election, 2001
Bulgaria
1997 ←
June 17, 2001 → 2005

240 seats to the National Assembly
Turnout 67.0%
  First party Second party Third party
  Simeon Vtori Popovo crop.jpg
Leader Simeon Sakskoburggotski Ivan Kostov Georgi Parvanov
Party NDSV ODS KB
Last election N/A; formed in 2001 137 seats 58 seats
Seats won 120 51 48
Seat change N/A −86 −10
Popular vote 1,952,513 830,338 783,372
Percentage 42.7% 18.2% 17.1%

  Fourth party
 
Leader Ahmed Dogan
Party DPS
Last election 19 seats
Seats won 21
Seat change +2
Popular vote 340,395
Percentage 7.4%

PM before election

Ivan Kostov
SDS

Elected PM

Simeon Sakskoburggotski
NDSV

Parliamentary elections were held in Bulgaria on 17 June 2001.[1] The result was a victory for the National Movement – Simeon II, which won 120 of the 240 seats. Voter turnout was 67.0%.[2] Following the election, Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, the country's last Tsar, became Prime Minister.[3]

Background[edit]

The elections came four years after the last parliamentary elections in 1997, marking the first occasion since the fall of Communism that a full term had been completed.[3] A total of 65 parties registered for the elections, together with eleven independents.[3]

National Movement – Simeon II was originally prevented from registering by Sofia City Court as it failed to meet the Central Election Committee's requirements. However, after forming an alliance with the Bulgarian Women's Party and the Movement for National Revival, the party was allowed to register.[3]

Results[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
National Movement – Simeon II 1,952,513 42.74 120 New
United Democratic Forces 830,338 18.18 51 −86
Coalition for Bulgaria 783,372 17.15 48 −10
Movement for Rights and Freedoms 340,395 7.45 21 +2
VMRO-George's Day Movement 165,927 3.63 0 New
Simeon II Coalition 157,141 3.44 0 New
National Union for Tsar Simeon II 77,671 1.70 0 New
Bulgarian Social Democracy 44,637 0.98 0 0
Union Bulgaria 33,637 0.74 0 New
Coalition "National Union Tzar Kiro" 27,636 0.6 0 New
NU Fatherland and Left 21,851 0.48 0 New
George Ganchev's Bloc 17,272 0.38 0 New
UAF-BAPU-BAPU NP 15,504 0.34 0 0
Bulgarian Workers' Party 12,579 0.28 0 New
Democratic Party of Justice 10,822 0.24 0 0
Bulgarian Socialist Workers' Party 10,797 0.24 0 0
Bulgarian Communist Party "Fatherland" 9,373 0.21 0 New
Patriotism 2000 6,077 0.13 0 New
Union of Patriotic Forces and Militaries of the Reserve Defense 5,227 0.11 0 New
Bulgarian Democratic Party for United States of Europe and the World 4,804 0.11 0 0
MDRUSWC-FPFB 4,740 0.10 0 New
Bulgarian National Party "Social Union" 4,439 0.10 0 New
Alternative Social-Liberal Party 4,267 0.09 0 New
Free Cooperative Party 3,935 0.09 0 0
Bulgarian National-Radical Party 3,018 0.07 0 0
Social Liberal Movement "Justice" 2,715 0.06 0 New
National Movement for New Era 2,462 0.05 0 New
Patriotic Party of Labour 1,601 0.04 0 New
Alliance for Preservation of the Wealth of Bulgaria 1,414 0.03 0 New
Party of the Workers' and Social Democratic Intelligentsia 1,033 0.02 0 New
Bulgarian Fatherland Party "National Union" 623 0.01 0 New
NPLPOPC 524 0.01 0 New
Bulgarian National Front 202 0.0 0 New
Bulgarian Business Bloc 162 0.0 0 −12
Party of the Middle Class 79 0.0 0 New
Union of the Nation – Movement of the Deprived 39 0.0 0 New
Independents 9,365 0.21 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 39,944
Total 4,608,135 100 240 0
Source: Nohlen & Stöver, University of Essex

Aftermath[edit]

See Sakskoburggotski Government

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p.369 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p383
  3. ^ a b c d Bulgaria: Elections held in 2001 Inter-Parliamentary Union