Borissov and GERB leave Bulgaria guessing over presidential candidate

Bulgarian Prime Minister and centre-right GERB party leader Boiko Borissov is keeping the country guessing over who his party’s candidate will be in autumn 2016 presidential elections, while speculation continues that he may also take the country to ahead-of-term parliamentary elections – the latter possibility one that Borissov has not ruled out.

Rossen Plevneliev, elected head of state on a GERB ticket at the end of 2011, has declined to say whether he will be available to stand for election to the second term as President that Bulgaria’s constitution makes possible.

Speaking to journalists on January 21, Plevneliev said that it was too early to comment on the question. At the weekend, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, one of GERB’s deputy leaders, said that GERB was considering five possible presidential candidates, declining to say whether the list included Plevneliev or to disclose any names.

There has been speculation in the media about “tensions” between Plevneliev and Borissov, but this has been denied by both sides.

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