The current Bulgarian President Rumen Radev is heading for a second term as president. According to opinion polls, he received 66 percent of the vote, ahead of his rival Anastas Gerdzhikov, who was backed by the former center-right prime minister Borisov.
And there was a vote last week to choose a new president. But because Radev had just under an absolute majority (49.4 percent), a second round of elections was necessary.
The presidency in Bulgaria is mainly ceremonial. In political crises, when the president can appoint temporary governments, the president is a key figure. It can also influence public opinion.
Two new elections
The elections took place amid widespread discontent with corruption in the EU’s poorest country. They mark the end of Prime Minister Borisov’s 12-year rule in April.
Then I found Parliament elections The place where Borisov remains with his center-right party GERB beat niptBut due to the refusal of the second and third parties of the country to cooperate with him, new elections were held twice.
In the last elections, which were held at the same time as the presidential elections last week, the anti-corruption party PP (“We continue to change”) won more than a quarter of the vote. Borisov came second with his party.
Radev, who is an outspoken critic of Borisov and a strong supporter of Anti-corruption protests last yearHe won many Bulgarians who are fed up with corrupt politicians. He had earlier appointed two interim governments that exposed alleged corruption cases in the industrial and financial sectors.
“Let’s not give the past a chance to sabotage our future,” Radev said as he cast his vote. “Let’s leave everyone 15 minutes today to vote so that we don’t waste time in the next five years.”
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