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Bulgaria chooses new president in run-off election

A run-off election in Bulgaria on Sunday will decide the new president of the EU country.

Sofia, 21 November 2021 (dpa/MIA) — A run-off election in Bulgaria on Sunday will decide the new president of the EU country.

Incumbent Rumen Radev is running against the rector of Sofia University, Anastas Gerdzhikov.

Political analysts give the 58-year-old reserve general Radev more chances of winning than his challenger.

The run-off election had become necessary because Radev had narrowly missed re-election in the first round of voting a week ago with some 49 percent of the vote. Gerdzhikov, who came second, received some 22 percent. No opinion polls were published before the run-off.

A former fighter pilot and air force chief, Radev had been elected in 2016 with the support of the Socialists, who were formerly Communists.

Radev is a fierce critic of former head of government Boyko Borissov of the conservative GERB party, whose administration was tainted by corruption practices.

Radev is now again supported by the Socialists and also by the new protest parties.

Professor Gerdzhikov, 58, is running as an independent candidate supported by Borisov’s GERB.

A graduate of Humboldt University in Berlin, he received the indirect support of the Turkish minority party DPS before the run-off.

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