Bulgaria's PM to Step Down over Election Results
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has said he will step down next week, just after his candidate Tsetska Tsacheva emerged as a loser of the presidential election's runoff.
He has also urged an early election, warning the next government would be made by the socialist opposition party BSP and ethnic Turk-dominared DPS if his mandate is handed over to the socialists.
Rumen Radev, the candidate backed by the socialists, is thought to have garnered up to 58-60% of the vote, according to exit poll data.
Borisov earlier pledged to step down if Tsacheva lost the first round of the election, but backtracked and said he would do so in the event of a runoff loss.
He has now congratulated Rumen Radev on his victory and his voters for having changed the political situation.
"From the results it's clear that the governing coalition has no majority and cannot even pass the budget," he has said.
He has made it clear he sees his GERB party's mistakes, but has also pointed fingers on right-wing Reformist Bloc, his junior coalition partner, and the nationalist Patriotic Front, which backed GERB and RB's minority cabinet.
"I have always been part of the people and when something is wrong, I can feel it with my skin. People told me: there is something wrong with your priorities, there are others which are better."
He has called on President Rosen Plevneliev to appoint a caretaker government using a list presumably handed by the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), which backed Radev.
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