Bulgarian opposition party wants general election

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) Bulgaria's main opposition party has called for an early general election after winning the most votes for seats in the European Parliament, contending the country's Socialist-led coalition government lacks public support to govern.

Boiko Borisov says the coalition has a moral obligation to hold snap elections. He's the leader of the center-right Citizens for Bulgaria's European Development, known as GERB.

GERB led the elections for European Parliamentary seats Monday with 30.5 percent after 97 percent of Bulgaria's votes had been counted. The ruling Socialist party had 19.1 percent.

The current coalition of Socialists and a mainly ethnic Turkish party started its four-year term last May and is led by Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski, a nonpartisan former finance minister.

There was no immediate reaction from the government to Borisov's demand.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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