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Bulgaria: Electoral favourite Rumen Radev casts vote in presidential elections01:08

Bulgaria: Electoral favourite Rumen Radev casts vote in presidential elections

Bulgaria, Sofia
November 13, 2016 at 14:34 GMT -00:00 · Published

Bulgarian presidential candidate and former Air Force Commander Rumen Radev cast his vote in this year's presidential elections in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia, Sunday. Radev, who is tipped to win the elections, in running as an independent candidate and is supported by the opposition Socialist Party.

The first round of elections resulted in 25.44 percent support for Radev and 21.96 percent for his opponent and current chair of the National Assembly, Tsetska Tsacheva. The most recent opinion polls show the 53-year old at least 10 points ahead of Tsacheva, who is a member of the centre-right party Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB).

Bulgaria's presidency is primarily a ceremonial position, but this particular election is considered crucial for the political future of the Balkan country.

Earlier this week Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said that if voters do not approve the GERB candidate, the party would have no right to govern, which suggests that Borisov will resign if his candidate loses, which would trigger early Parliamentary elections in the country.

Bulgaria has an electorate of close to seven million, which will decide who will replace current president Rosen Plevneliev after his five-year term ends in January.

Bulgaria: Electoral favourite Rumen Radev casts vote in presidential elections01:08
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Bulgarian presidential candidate and former Air Force Commander Rumen Radev cast his vote in this year's presidential elections in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia, Sunday. Radev, who is tipped to win the elections, in running as an independent candidate and is supported by the opposition Socialist Party.

The first round of elections resulted in 25.44 percent support for Radev and 21.96 percent for his opponent and current chair of the National Assembly, Tsetska Tsacheva. The most recent opinion polls show the 53-year old at least 10 points ahead of Tsacheva, who is a member of the centre-right party Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB).

Bulgaria's presidency is primarily a ceremonial position, but this particular election is considered crucial for the political future of the Balkan country.

Earlier this week Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said that if voters do not approve the GERB candidate, the party would have no right to govern, which suggests that Borisov will resign if his candidate loses, which would trigger early Parliamentary elections in the country.

Bulgaria has an electorate of close to seven million, which will decide who will replace current president Rosen Plevneliev after his five-year term ends in January.

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