Runoff elections will be held today for Bulgaria’s presidential post. The first round of Bulgaria’s presidential elections was held last
Runoff elections will be held today for Bulgaria’s presidential post.
The first round of Bulgaria’s presidential elections was held last Sunday, alongside a third round of parliamentary elections, following the country’s second failure to form a government this year. Bulgaria’s presidential candidates failed to receive more than the 50% vote threshold needed to win the election outright.
Last week, incumbent President Rumen Radev—backed by anti-graft parties—won 49.4% of the vote. His opponent, Anastas Gerdzhikov—backed by former Prime Minister Boyko Borisov’s center-right GERB party—received 26.5% of the vote. Whichever candidate attains a majority of votes today will become president.
As Radev received almost double the votes of his opponent, it is highly likely that he will be re-elected in today’s runoff. Although the presidential post remains largely ceremonial, presidents nonetheless retain the powers of commander-in-chief of Bulgaria’s military and the abilities to appoint caretaker governments and dissolve parliament. With the centrist We Continue the Change party having won 25.5% of the vote in the parliamentary elections, exceeding the GERB party’s 22.5%, expect Radev—who is anti-GERB—to dissolve parliament if We Continue the Change cannot consolidate its lead and establish an anti-graft coalition to form a government.
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