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Bulgaria’s Rumen Radev wins re-election: Exit polls

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Exit polls in Bulgaria suggest that incumbent Rumen Radev is the apparent winner in the country’s presidential runoff. Partial official results are expected later Sunday.

Surveys by several polling organizations give Radev, 58, who is seeking a second five-year term in the largely ceremonial post, about 65% of the vote.

Sofia University rector, Atanas Gerdzhikov, 58, backed by the center right GERB party of former Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, is said to trail with 32% support. Some 3% of the voters have voted against both candidates.

Radev, a vocal critic of Borissov and firm supporter of last year’s anti-corruption protests, has attracted many Bulgarians who are fed up with politicians they see as corrupt.

Radev has appointed two consecutive caretaker governments that unveiled alleged corruption cases in Bulgaria’s industrial and financial sectors.

“Let’s not give the past a chance to torpedo our future. Let everyone find 15 minutes today (to vote) so that we do not waste the next five years,” Radev said after casting his ballot on Sunday.

Radev’s “We Continue the Change” party now hopes to find coalition partners to end six months of political deadlock.

Bulgaria has been facing its worst political crisis since the end of communism three decades ago.

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