Boiko Borissov’s centre-right GERB party, said by exit polls to have gained by a slight margin the largest share of votes in the May 12 2013 parliamentary elections, declined to hold the traditional election night news conference, saying that it was prepared to comment only on official results.
Borissov, prime minister from 2009 to 2013 until his resignation in the face of nationwide protests against the cost-of-living in Bulgaria, did not appear at the election centre in Sofia in the hours after polls closed.
GERB election campaign chief Tsvetan Tsvetanov was there for some time, but left before midnight. Around midnight, journalists were left only with senior GERB member Krassimir Velchev, who on departing declined to comment on whether the apparently indecisive results would end in fresh elections later in the year.
Customarily, news conferences on Bulgarian election nights are held in an order based on performance according to exit polls. In the absence of Borissov and GERB, a news conference by Bulgarian Socialist Party leader Sergei Stanishev began soon after midnight.