With 95.2 per cent of ballots processed, the Central Election Commission said on November 7 that Bulgarian Socialist Party-backed candidate Roumen Radev led after the first round of presidential elections with 25.7 per cent of the vote, ahead of GERB candidate Tsetska Tsacheva on 22 per cent.
Out of the original field of 21 registered candidates, these two go to the runoff on November 13.
In third, Krassimir Karakachanov of the United Patriots ticket, which grouped together the three nationalist and ultra-nationalist parties currently in Parliament, received 15.04 per cent of the vote, followed by business person Vesselin Mareshki, who ran a campaign painting himself as an anti-establishment outsider, with 10.87 per cent.
Compared to earlier partial results, former prime minister Plamen Oresharski, endorsed by the predominantly ethnic Turk Movement for Rights and Freedoms, moved one spot up to fifth with 6.51 per cent, swapping places with Reformist Bloc nominee Traicho Traikov, who received 5.87 per cent.
The only other two candidates to receive more than one per cent of the vote were two former socialist MPs, now with separate socialist splinter parties – Ivailo Kalfin from ABC on 3.3 per cent and Tatyana Doncheva of Movement 21 with 1.82 per cent.
The “I support no-one” box on the ballot received 5.56 per cent of all votes.
(Top photo: podtepeto com)