Proshkov to Be Rightist Candidate for Sofia Mayor after 60% at Primaries

Proshkov to Be Rightist Candidate for Sofia Mayor after 60% at Primaries

Proshko Proshkov, Mayor of the Bulgarian capital Sofia's Lozenets district, won the primary vote for the city's Mayor runner within the rightist Blue Colaition with 60%, show final results.

Proshkov, endorsed by the Democrats for Strong Bulgaria (DSB) party, overcame municipal councilman Vladimir Kisiov, a Sofia municipal councillor and candidate of the Union for Democratic Forces (UDF), the other party in the coalition.

Final results show 12,925 votes (60%) for Proshkov, against 8697 for Kisiov (40%).

Meanwhile, UDF candidate Rumen Hristov, a former Minister and vice-Minister of Agriculture, as well as advisor to Bulgaria's Presidents Zhelyu Zhelev and Petar Stoyanov, won the coalition's primary presidential vote cast on the same day.

The Blue Coalition is a member of the European People's Party and initially supported the ruling centrist right GERB party which took over in the 2009 elections in Bulgaria, but subsequently moved into opposition. The coalition is co-chaired by Martin Dimitrov from UDF and former PM Ivan Kostov (1997-2001) from DSB. (Source: Sofia News Agency)

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