Rosen Plevneliev of the ruling Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB) has won the presidential election which took place yesterday. His Vice president will be running mate Margarita Popova.
Plevneliev took 52.5% of the vote, according to the first protocol votes announced by the Central Electoral Commission. His rival, Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) candidate, Ivailo Kalfin took 47.5% of the vote. Protocols have to be processed twice before an official result can be announced and that has to be within 48 hours of the close of polls.
The Sofia Echo reports the losing Socialist candidate as saying that the elections were an “unprecedented manipulation of public opinion and the free will of Bulgarian citizens. GERB made these elections with enormous funding, police pressure and threats; these elections were not free, fair or democratic.” Although Ivailo Kalfin did congratulate his opponent, the BSP leader, Sergei Stanishev refused to congratulate GERB.
Rosen Plevneliev has promised to create a modern Bulgaria when he takes office on 23rd January 2012.
Turnout was around 42%.
GERB has also done well in the municipal elections where 18 cities also held second round runoffs on Sunday. Taking the two rounds of voting, GERB won 14 of the 27 regional capitals, whilst the BSP took six.