Bulgaria President-Elect Got Most of UK, US Expats' Vote

Domestic | November 14, 2016, Monday // 12:35|  views

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Bulgarian President-elect Rumen Radev has gained support from the vast majority of UK- and US-based voters, official data shows.

With 94.77% of ballot protocols outside Bulgaria having been processed, Radev has won 52.04% of the overall expat vote, while his opponent Tsetska Tsacheva has received some 43.75%, the Central Election Committee (CEC) says.

Translated into number of votes this means 52 843 and 44 428 respectively.

The protest vote - the newly introduced "I Do Not Support Anyone" option - has been preferred by 4.21% of expats, or 4270 people.

Radev wins the result in all UK 36 polling stations whose data has been published (with documents from 17 more due to come) and in 11 out of 14 stations in the US, with Tsacheva outperforming him in three others (data from 11 more stations to come).

In Turkey, Tsacheva wins by a wide margin, having mustered more than 60% of the vote with 20 077, defeating Radev by 14 783.

This comes after Tsacheva enjoyed significant support among Bulgarian expats in Turkey in the first round, with Prime Minister Borisov having admitted the new splinter party DOST had secured her good result there.

The presidential elections turned out to be the first test for DOST, an ethnic Turk-dominated party formed by ex-members of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS), a party that once took pride in having control over the Turkey-based diaspora.

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Tags: Rumen Radev, Tsetska Tsacheva, Presidential elections, turkey


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