Former president Plevneliev: Roumen Radev is Bulgaria’s first populist president

Bulgaria’s former president Rossen Plevneliev has sharply criticised his successor Roumen Radev, describing him as “the first Bulgarian populist president” and saying that Radev was not trusted in the West.

Plevneliev, who was Bulgaria’s president from January 2012 to January 2017 and who did not seek second term in office, made the remarks in a September 10 2018 television interview.

He said that the address to the nation by Radev – who was elected on a ticket backed by the opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party – was “extremely populist”.

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