There was an election marathon in Bulgaria this year. In the last ballot, incumbent Radew was able to prevail. Like the new ruling party, he campaigns against corruption.
Sofia – For the fourth time this year, the people of Bulgaria went to the polls on Sunday (November 21). After parliament was elected last Sunday (November 14th), the voters decided on the Bulgarian president in a runoff election. According to initial projections, head of state Rumen Radew was confirmed in office.
Runoff election in Bulgaria: incumbent Radew confirmed
According to forecasts, Radew can count on 65.7 percent of the vote, while his challenger Anastas Gerdschikow was able to convince 31.5 percent of the voters on Sunday. This was the result of forecasts by the polling institute at Gallup International on the basis of voter surveys. According to initial surveys, voter turnout was less than 40 percent and thus even lower than in the first round of voting a week ago. However, this has no effect on the validity of the runoff election.
The opinion research institute Alpha Research published a similar forecast for the outcome of the second round of elections. The runoff election between the two best-placed candidates in the first ballot had become necessary because Radew narrowly missed his re-election in the first ballot with 49.5 percent of the votes. The voter turnout was also not sufficient at a good 40 percent.
President wins election in Bulgaria with anti-corruption campaign
Rumen Radew, General of the Reserve, and University Professor Anastas Gerdschikow, Rector of Sofia University, ran as independent candidates. Radew was supported by the socialists who emerged from the former communists and the protest parties, Gerdschikow by the bourgeois GERB of the former head of government Boiko Borissow and the party of the Turkish minority DPS.
The 58-year-old president made the fight against corruption the focus of his first term of office and thus shaped the largely representative presidency in Bulgaria in a special way. When voting on Sunday, Radev said he wanted to continue fighting for the change in the country: “Let us take fate into our own hands and not undermine our future by others.” Opponent. In the summer, the President took part in demonstrations against the government and shouted “Mafia out” with a raised fist.
New ruling party – is Bulgaria stabilizing?
From the point of view of observers, Radev’s re-election could usher in a phase of stability in Bulgaria – especially after the surprising election victory of a newly founded anti-corruption party in the parliamentary elections last weekend. “The whole development of Bulgaria depends on the election of the president,” said its co-founder Kiril Petkov on Sunday when voting. After the election, Petkow is seen as a promising prime minister. (dpa / AFP / sf)
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