Socialist Leader: Crushing Win at Referendum is Loss for Bulgarian PM

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Bulgaria: Socialist Leader: Crushing Win at Referendum is Loss for Bulgarian PM PES and BSP leader Sergey Stanishev. Photo by BGNES

The side supporting a new NPP in Bulgaria won a resounding victory at Sunday's referendum, stated PES and Bulgarian Socialist Party president Sergey Stanishev.

"This is a huge personal loss for Bulgaria's PM Boyko Borisov, for it shows that people no longer are willing to listen to him," stated Stanishev.

In the campaign, Borisov had asked supporters of ruling GERB party to say 'no' to the referendum question, while the Socialists supported the 'yes' side.

In his comments just after voting late Sunday evening, the Bulgarian PM attempted to dismiss the referendum as irrelevant.

"The real turnout of the vote is 25%, so people who are belittling the referendum are in the wrong," stated Stanishev.

"GERB's own Sofia mayor Yordanka Fandakova was elected on a 23% turout," added the socialist leader.

According to initial exit polls, some 60% of ballots cast have answered positively to the question.

If turnout is indeed over 20%, this means that the issue of nuclear energy development and new NPP construction must be referred anew to the Bulgarian parliament.

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Tags: Referendum, Belene NPP, nuclear energy, Sergey Stanishev, GERB, Boyko Borisov, Bulgarian Socialist Party, PES
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