- Bulgarian President Rumen Radev won a second term in office by a wide margin during Sunday’s presidential run-off election.
- The presidential post is mainly ceremonial but still influential and given crucial decision-making powers in times of crisis.
Reuters reported that Bulgarian President Rumen Radev won a second term in office by a wide margin during Sunday’s presidential run-off election.
According to exit polls, Radev gained 66 percent of the votes, defeating his opponent Anastas Gerdzhikov who gained 32 percent of the vote.
Radev, a air-force commander, nearly won the election in the first round on November 14, according to the Reuters.
He told reporters on Sunday that the results “clearly highlighted the desire of the people for change, to break with corruption, and unlawfulness and remove the mafia from power.”
The presidential post is mainly ceremonial but still influential and given crucial decision-making powers in times of crisis.
After the vote, Radev asked both parties to work with each other to form a ruling government and pass judicial reforms, along with dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, protecting the vulnerable.
Radev’s anti-corruption party won huge votes in last week’s parliamentary elections between widespread discontent that finished the rule of prime minister Boyko Borissov.
Radev had got popularity supporting anti-graft protests last year and helping to appoint interlude governments that dug into pervious corruption in Borissov’s cabinet, Reuters said.
Borissov has denied any crime in those claims.
Radev is ready to begin his second term on January 22., Reuters noted.
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