Hristov Grabs Bulgarian Rightists' Presidential Primaries with 56%

Domestic | June 13, 2011, Monday // 19:01|  views

UDF's vice-chair and presidential hopeful Rumen Hristiov. File photo, Sofia Photo Agency.

Rumen Hristov, vice-chair of the Union of Democratic Forces (UDF), will be the Bulgarian rightist Blue Coalition's presidential candidate after getting close to 56% at the primary vote Sunday.

Hristov overcame Svetoslav Malinov, the runner endorsed by the Democrats for Strong Bulgaria (DSB), the other participant in the coalition, preliminary results showed on Monday.

According to final data released Monday evening, the UDF representative got 55.74% (42,230 votes), while the DSB representative got 44.26% (33,532 votes).

Rumen Hristov is a former Minister and vice-Minister of Agriculture, as well as advisor to Bulgaria's Presidents Zhelyu Zhelev and Petar Stoyanov, while Malinov is a DSBMP.

Some 76,000 voters took part in the Blue Coalition's primary presidential elections across the country, official data have shown.

In the other primary vote of the Blue Coalition, DSB's Proshko Proshkov (mayor of Sofia Lozenets district) won the race for the Coalition's candidate for Sofia Mayor, against UDF's Vladimir Kisiov.

The Blue Coalition is a member of the European People's Party and initially supported the ruling centrist right GERB which took over in the 2009 general elections in Bulgaria, but subsequently moved into opposition. The coalition is co-chaired by Martin Dimitrov from UDF and former PM Ivan Kostov (1997-2001) from DSB.

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Tags: Rumen Hristov, DSB, UDF, Presidential elections, Blue Coalition, Svetoslav Malinov, Ivan Kostov, Martin Dimitrov, GERB, Bulgaria


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