Bulgarian Socialists Nominate Rumen Radev to Run in Presidential Elections 2016

Politics » DOMESTIC | August 18, 2016, Thursday // 09:27
Bulgaria: Bulgarian Socialists Nominate Rumen Radev to Run in Presidential Elections 2016 Rumen Radev. Photo by BGNES

Maj. Gen. Rumen Radev is the nomination of main opposition Socialists for President of Bulgaria, party leader Korneliya Niniova has announced.

General Radev, former Bulgarian Air Force Commander, has been tipped as the most likely candidate of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP). His nomination was agreed between the Socialists and left-wing ABV party led by former President Georgi Parvanov.

The BSP governing body, the National Council, held a secret vote on Wednesday to elect the party’s nominee among three candidates.

Four potential nominees – MEP Iliana Yotova, former BSP leader Mihail Mikov, Mario Traykov and Yanaki Stoilov – withdrew from the race earlier in the day.

Bulgaria will hold presidential elections on November 6.

General Radev led with 99 votes in favour, ahead of former Economy Minister Rumen Gechev (38) and Tasko Ermenkov (13), Ninova announced after the vote, in which 151 members of the National Council took part.

The BSP will name its candidate for vice president at a later stage, Ninova added.

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