Bulgaria faces political uncertainty following the resignation of the country’s prime minister after results showed his party losing badly in the country’s presidential runoff. Boiko Borisov’s move early on November 14 came after official results showed pro-Moscow Socialist candidate Rumen Radev, a former air force commander with no political experience, winning the November 13 poll. “We accept the will of the people and we congratulate those who have the support of the majority of the voters,” said Borisov late on November 13 hours after polls closed.
Nearly complete election results announced early on November 14 showed Radev winning 59.4 percent of the vote, compared to 36.2 percent for the candidate of the ruling center-right GERB party, Tsetska Tsacheva.
GERB has dominated Bulgarian politics over the past decade. Borisov himself was reelected in 2014. Radev called the result “a negative vote for the government that leads to a new political situation.”
Radev won the first round of voting, held on November 6, with 25.44 percent, but failed to secure an overall majority.