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Crisis-hit Bulgaria to hold presidential vote on Nov 14

Balkan country navigates a protracted political crisis

02 September, 12:44
(ANSA-AFP) - SOFIA, SEP 2 - Bulgaria's presidential elections will take place on November 14, parliament decided Thursday, as the Balkan country navigates a protracted political crisis that has left it without a government for months. The EU member state's president has a largely ceremonial role as head of state and chief commander of the armed forces, but outgoing Socialists-backed President Rumen Radev has seen his profile increase during the crisis. His popularity shot up after he backed massive anti-corruption rallies last summer against conservative prime minister Boyko Borisov, who headed the country virtually uninterrupted for close to a decade. A caretaker administration appointed by Radev in May to lead the country until a new government is formed has also proven efficient, further boosting his popularity ratings. Bulgaria has voted in legislative polls twice so far this year, but both elections have returned fragmented parliaments so that no party has been able to form a government to succeed that of Borisov.

Radev has already announced that he will seek a second five-year term in office. (ANSA-AFP).

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