Plevneliev, Kalfin Set for Bulgarian Presidential Vote Runoff - Poll

Plevneliev, Kalfin Set for Bulgarian Presidential Vote Runoff - Poll

Ruling party GERB's candidate Rosen Plevneliev and opposition Socialist Party's bidder Ivaylo Kalfin will face one another at the runoff of the Bulgarian presidential elections, a poll predicts.

A total of 30.8% of the eligible voters in Bulgaria will back ex Regional Development Minister Rosen Plevneliev, the candidate of PM Boyko Borisov's center-right party, for the Presidency, according to the public opinion poll of Center for Analysis and Marketing, announced its director Yuliy Pavlov.

Former Foreign Minister Ivaylo Kalfin from the Bulgarian Socialist Party is expected to come in second with 16.1%, while ex EU Commissioner Meglena Kuneva, running as an independent candidate, is predicted to get 9.8% of the votes.

According to the Center for Analysis and Marketing, Rumen Hristov from the rightist Union of Democratic Forces enjoys the support of 3.1% of the voters.

He is followed by two nationalists: Volen Siderov, head of the nationalist party Ataka, who made it to the runoff against Socialist candidate Georgi Parvanov back in 2006, is now predicted to get a meager 2.3%. Another vocal nationalist, VMRO party leader Krasimir Karakachanov is predicted to attract 1.5% of the votes.

All other candidates, including former undercover agent Aleksei Petrov, said to be a mafia boss, according to the Interior Ministry, which has so far failed to prove its allegations, get under 1%, the poll shows.

The public opinion poll of the Center for Analysis and Marketing survey 1 612 respondents, and was carried out between September 14 and September 23. (Source: Sofia News Agency)

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