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    Former head of the Bulgarian airforce Rumen Radev, candidate of the opposition Socialists casts his vote at a polling station during the Presidential elections in Sofia on November 6, 2016.

    Socialist-Backed Radev Leading in Bulgarian Presidential Election - Exit Poll

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    Former Bulgarian Air Force Commander, Maj. Gen. Rumen Radev, nominated by an initiative committee of the Bulgarian Socialist Party is leading in the second round of the presidential election as of 7 p.m. local time (17:00 GMT), according to the exit poll.

    MOSCOW, November 13 (Sputnik) — Last Sunday, the Bulgarians failed to elect their president from 21 different candidates in the first round, while Radev gathered over 25 percent of popular support and almost 22 percent of voters polled their votes for Tsetska Tsacheva from the country's ruling GERB party.

    "Rumen Radev gains 58.1 percent of votes, Tsetska Tsacheva — 35.3 percent of votes," the exit poll by Alpha Research said, as announced by Nova TV broadcaster.

    It is reported that 6.6 percent voted against all candidates.

    Bulgaria's legislation implies that the candidate for presidency should gain over 50 percent of votes, if over a half of the voters turn out to vote. In case none of the candidates gain the necessary amount of votes, the second round of elections will be held in seven days.


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