Bulgaria will hold a third parliamentary election this year after two previous votes failed to form a government.
The country’s president, Roumen Radev, has called early elections for November 14, the same day as Bulgaria’s next presidential election.
Bulgarians had already voted in parliamentary elections in April and July this year, but the country’s three largest parties failed to form a functioning coalition government.
Parliament will be dissolved again and a new interim government will now be appointed in the EU Member State.
The Bulgarian president is expected to present the interim government on Thursday.
Radev – who is running for a second term – said combining the two votes would save time and money.
“The two campaigns will run at the same time and merge,” he told reporters on Wednesday.
“I count on the support of all respectable Bulgarians on the big issues – the fight against poverty and injustice.”
Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, who had been in charge for more than a decade, resigned in April after numerous anti-corruption protests against him and his center-right GERB party.
In the July election, the anti-establishment There is a Such a People party won the most seats, but failed to secure the majority needed to form a government.
Meanwhile, the GERB party no longer has the support of any of the other parties in Bulgaria.