Runoff Looms in Bulgaria's President Vote - Poll

Runoff Looms in Bulgaria's President Vote - Poll

There will be a certain runoff in the October 23 presidential elections in Bulgaria between the candidates of the ruling center-right GERB party and the opposition left-wing Socialists. The results come from a poll of the Center for Analyses and Marketing, revealed during a press conference Sunday.

According to the poll, in the runoff, Bulgaria's former Minister of Regional Development and Public Works, Rosen Plevneliev, who is nominated by тхе Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria, GERB, party will face the candidate of the Bulgarian Socialist party, BSP, Ivaylo Kalfin - a former Foreign Affairs Minister in the Socialist-led Three-Way Coalition cabinet and a current Member of the European Parliament. Plevneliev is going to win the second round with 44% of the vote against 20% for Kalfin, who would enjoy a larger support by about 9% if he is endorsed then by the ethnic Turkish Movement for Rights and Freedoms, DPS.

In case there is a runoff between Plevneliev and the other top contender - the first and now-former Bulgarian EU Commissioner and independent presidential candidate, formerly from the party of ex King and Prime Minister, Simeon Saxe-Coburg, National Movement for Stability and Prosperity, NMSP, Meglena Kuneva, Plevneliev will get nearly 42% against 20% for Kuneva.

(Source: Sofia News Agency)

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