Bulgaria premier resigns after party loses presidential vote

2016-11-14 15:01
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov announces his resignation, during a press conference in Sofia. (Valentina Petrova, AP)

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov announces his resignation, during a press conference in Sofia. (Valentina Petrova, AP)

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Sofia - Bulgaria's prime minister has handed in his resignation in parliament after results showed his party losing badly in the presidential runoff, opening the way for an early parliamentary election.

Boiko Borisov's move on Monday come after official results in Bulgaria show Socialist-backed candidate Rumen Radev, a former non-partisan air force chief, winning the presidential election.

READ: Bulgaria opposition stuns PM in presidential poll

The Central Election Commission said Monday that with 99.3% of the ballots counted, Radev won 59.4% of the vote, compared with 36.2% for the candidate of the ruling centre-right party, Tsetska Tsacheva.

Radev, who will take office for a five-year term on January 22, will face a possible rise in migrants from neighbouring Turkey and growing tensions between Russia and the West.

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