The conservative Gerb party of his predecessor Boyko Borissov comes in at around 25%. The election campaign in the poorest EU member state has been dominated by the war in Ukraine and uncertain gas supplies. Bulgaria is historically and culturally linked to Moscow. The invasion of Ukraine caused deep divisions in the country of 6.5 million people.
While Borissov tries not to compromise relations with the EU, Russia and Turkey, Petkov took a clear pro-European stance during the election campaign.