The president of Bulgaria, Rumen Radev, won the second round of elections with about 66 percent of the votes cast on the day held last Sunday.
Bulgaria goes to the polls to elect president and parliament
“Bulgaria is coming out of the stalemate,” said Radaev, 58, who has won the support of the majority of Bulgarian citizens tired of a political class accused of being corrupt.
In second place was the former rector of the University of Sofia and leader of the center-right GERB party, Atanas Gerdzhikov, with about 33 percent of the votes cast.
The losing candidate is close to former prime minister Boyko Borissov, who has been criticized by Radev, who will serve as head of state for another five years.
Bulgaria is governed by a parliamentary system, whereby the president fulfills a basically formal function as head of state and commander of the armed forces.
Radev is tasked with forming a new government that will take the European country out of the crisis in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The two previous governments have been accused of having committed acts of corruption in the financial and industrial sectors.