Bulgaria's Restive Varna Votes for Mayor, 9 Runners in RaceDomestic | June 30, 2013, Sunday // 08:45| views
Varna was named "the capital of Bulgarian protests” during the winter as locals staged the most massive rallies in the country. Photo by BGNES
The citizens of Bulgaria's third-largest city of Varna, on the Black Sea coast, are going to the polls on Sunday to elect a new mayor.
The Varna rallies triggered Bulgaria's January and February 2013 protests that led to the resignation of then-PM Boyko Borisov and calling of early elections May 12.
They also tragically included a number of fatal self-immolations, many of them due to poverty and personal distress.
Nine candidates are running in Sunday's vote, including former ruling GERB party candidate Ivan Portnih and local businessman Veselin Mareshki.
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