Trash that should have been recycled often dumped or burned in open fields, creating a health and environmental risk.
The centre-right GERB party of ex-PM Boyko Borissov and a new populist party were neck-and-neck in exit polls.
Bulgarians vote for second time in three months after longtime ruling GERB fails to find coalition partners.
Former Prime Minister Boyko Borisov is unlikely to come back to power after the July 11 vote, analysts say.
The space for independent media is shrinking as moguls monopolise the industry, but some have hope for the future.
Bulgaria will head to the polls in July after the Socialists became the third party to refuse to lead a government.
Long-time leader announces he will not seek another term in bid to avoid national ‘divide’ following inconclusive vote.
With two-thirds of votes counted, Boyko Borissov’s centre-right GERB is on course to be the largest party.
More than 6.7 million Bulgarians are eligible to vote, but pollsters expect a low turnout due to COVID fears.
Daily infection rates reached a record high days before Sunday’s vote, in which new populist groups will participate.
Foreign ministry says diplomats declared ‘persona non grata’ and given 72 hours to leave the EU and NATO member.
Some European countries have stopped using the shots over blood clot fears, but WHO sees no cause for concern.