Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov is expected to speak no earlier than November 7 about the fate of his government, following the apparent second-place of his GERB party presidential candidate in the November 6 election.
Borissov said some months ago that should his party’s candidate not win a first-round victory in Bulgaria’s November 2016 presidential elections, he would resign and open the way for early parliamentary elections.
A week ago, Borissov modified this to say that he would not resign if GERB candidate Tsetska Tsacheva got first place at the first round, but also would refrain from resigning even if she lost at the November 13 second round.
An exit poll by Alpha Research soon after 8pm on November 6 showed opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party-backed Roumen Radev as having got 24.8 per cent to Tsacheva’s 23.5 per cent, sending them to a second-round runoff next Sunday.
The close different is within the statistical margin of error. Other polls showed an even closer outcome, though some described Radev’s lead as larger.
Bulgarian media said that GERB was closely watching the situation and was expected to wait for summarised preliminary results after election day.
Bulgarian site Mediapool reported that a source at GERB headquarters had said that Borissov would speak only when official results were in.