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Pro-Russia candidate wins presidential election in Bulgaria
12:04, 14 November 2016
Pro-Russia candidate wins presidential election in Bulgaria

Rumen Radev gained almost 60 percent of votes, - the country’s central election committee

12:04, 14 November 2016

Rumen Radev, President of Bulgaria
EPA

Bulgarians elected the new President. Rumen Radev, the former leader of Bulgarian Air Force, who is known for his pro-Kremlin views won the election with 59.35 percent of votes (based on 99.33 percent of ballots processed). The Bulgarian central election committee reported this on November 14.

Tsetska Tsacheva, the runner-up and the candidate from the ruling pro-European party GERB (Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria), received 36.17 percent of votes.

Radev’s candidacy was supported by the initiative committee led by the Bulgarian socialists.

The Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov and his government already said they’d resign due to Tsacheva’s loss; she was their candidate in this presidential race.  

Previously, Tsacheva called Radev a ‘pro-Russian’ politician, since he announced plans to improve Bulgaria’s relations with Russia and declared the initiative to lift the EU sanctions from Russia that it now suffers due to the occupation of Crimea and the military actions in Donbas.   

Rumen Radev became another pro-Kremlin leader to have been elected recently in Europe. Last week, Igor Dodon triumphed at the presidential election in Moldova.

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