Election comes amid widespread discontent towards high-level corruption that ended the decade-long rule of former premier Boyko Borissov in April.
Bulgaria’s President Rumen Radev is headed for a snug re-election, in response to exit polls for the second spherical of the nation’s presidential election on Sunday.
Radev, 58, led his challenger Anastas Gerdzhikov, additionally 58, by 64 to 66 p.c within the presidential run-off after almost successful outright within the first spherical on November 14, exit polls by Alpha Analysis and Gallup Worldwide confirmed amid a document low voter turnout.
The election follows widespread discontent towards high-level corruption that ended the decade-long rule of former premier Boyko Borissov in April and led a brand new anti-corruption get together to victory in final week’s parliamentary elections.
The presidential put up is essentially ceremonial however supplies a robust platform to affect public opinion.
The president involves prominence in occasions of political disaster, when the top of state can appoint interim cupboards.
Radev gained recognition for his open assist of large anti-graft protests against Borissov in 2020 and for appointing interim governments that dropped at mild murky public procurement offers of Borissov’s final centre-right cupboard.
Borissov has denied any wrongdoing.
Gerdzhikov, the Sofia College rector backed by Borissov’s GERB get together, had accused Radev of pitting Bulgarians towards each other. He pledged to unite the nation, which has been hit by a few of the worst coronavirus dying charges within the European Union and hovering power prices.
Two Harvard-educated entrepreneurs Radev appointed in Could as interim ministers have since arrange the We Proceed The Change get together (PP), which gained Bulgaria’s third nationwide election this yr on November 14, pledging “zero corruption”.
Radev, a former NATO fighter pilot who studied for a time on the US Air Conflict Faculty in Alabama, has pledged to take care of Bulgaria’s place within the Western alliance if re-elected.
However he additionally has insisted on pragmatic ties with Russia and mentioned that sanctions on Moscow must be lifted.