Bulgarian election: ‘Russia-friendly' Radev leading in Presidential election in Bulgaria

11:48 Nov. 14, 2016

‘Russia-friendly' Radev leading in Presidential election in Bulgaria

A poster on the wall shows Bulgarian Socialists Party candidate Rumen Radev (AP Photo)

After 99.3 percent of polling stations counted, Rumen Radev is leading with almost 60 percent of the vote

Read also: Pro-Kremlin candidate wins elections in Moldova

Former air force commander Rumen Radev has reportedly won the Presidential election in Bulgaria with approximately 59 percent of the vote, Bulgarian National Television said Monday morning.

Radev's opponent from the ruling GERB party Tsetska Tsacheva has lost her chances to become President with only 36.2 percent with 99.3 percent of polling station counted.

The socialist candidate Radev is described in Western media as ‘a Russia-friendly newcomer to politics', after his statements on closer ties with Moscow emerged.

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov said he is going to resign following the defeat of his party's candidate Tsacheva.

Read also: Russia trying to divide Europe, outgoing Bulgarian president warns

Radev insisted that Bulgaria needs to stay true to its interests, balancing between Russia and the EU.

During his presidential campaign Radev said the sanctions against Russia, imposed by the EU for Moscow's role in Ukrainian conflict, should be lifted.

He also said he hoped for ‘a good dialogue between the US and Russia, following Donald Trump's victory, which could bring ‘a peaceful solution' to the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria. 

Based on reporting by Deutsche Welle, Reuters

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