Bulgarian presidential election, 2016

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Bulgarian presidential election, 2016

← 2011 6 November 2016 (first round)
13 November 2016 (second round)
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Turnout 56.28% (first round)
50.44% (second round)

  Reuven Rivlin March 2018 (8750) (cropped).jpg Tsetska Tsacheva - 2017 (cropped).jpg
Nominee Rumen Radev Tsetska Tsacheva
Party Independent GERB
Running mate Iliana Yotova Plamen Manushev
Popular vote 2,063,032 1,256,485
Percentage 59.37% 36.16%

President before election

Rosen Plevneliev
GERB

Elected President

Rumen Radev
Independent

Presidential elections were held in Bulgaria on 6 November 2016,[1] alongside a referendum on changes to the electoral system and political party funding. The second round was held on 13 November 2016, resulting in the victory of Rumen Radev.

Electoral system[edit]

The President of Bulgaria is elected using the two-round system.[2] For the first time, voters will be allowed to vote for none of the above.[3]

Candidates[edit]

The incumbent President, Rosen Plevneliev, announced in May 2016 that he would not be running for re-election.[4]

Official candidates[edit]

Presidential candidate Born Vice presidential running-mate Party Notes
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Maj.Gen.Rumen Radev
June 18, 1963
(age 53)
Town Dimitrovgrad, Region Haskovo, Bulgaria
Iliana Yotova Independent supported by Bulgarian Socialist Party General Radev, the former commander of the Bulgarian Air Force,[5] is supported by the Bulgarian Socialist Party and was originally endorsed by the Alternative for Bulgarian Revival, but on 23 August 2016 the Bulgarian Socialist Party denied plans for a common coalition for the presidential elections.[6] Yotova is an MP in the European Parliament.
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Tsetska Tsacheva
May 24, 1958
(age 58)
Village Dragana, Municipality Ugarchin, Region Lovech, Bulgaria
Plamen Manushev GERB Tsacheva is the incumbent Chairwoman of the National Assembly of Bulgaria.[7] Manushev is MP.
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Krasimir Karakachanov
March 29, 1965
(age 51)
Rousse, Bulgaria
Yavor Notev United Patriots Karachanov is co-chairman of the Patriotic Front and a Deputy Chairman of the National Assembly.[8] Notev is the Deputy Chair of the Attack party and a Deputy Chairman of the National Assembly.
Трайчо Трайков - Снимка.jpg
Traycho Traykov
April 19, 1970
(age 46)
Sofia, Bulgaria
Sabi Sabev Reformist Bloc Traykov is the former Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism and is currently a municipal councilor in Sofia.[9] Sabev is a general in the Bulgarian army.
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Ivaylo Kalfin
May 30, 1964
(age 52)
Sofia, Bulgaria
Lyubomir Halachev Alternative for Bulgarian Revival Kalfin is a Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Former Minister of Labour and Social Policy, as well as the BSP presidential candidate in the 2011 election;[10]
Tatyana Doncheva January 28, 1960
(age 56)
Town Tryavna, Region Gabrovo, Bulgaria
Mincho Spasov Movement 21
National Movement for Stability and Progress
Doncheva is a jurist and a former MP;[11] Spasov is a jurist and former MP.
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Plamen Oresharski
February 21, 1960
(age 56)
Town Dupnitsa, Region Kyustendil, Bulgaria
Danail Papazov Independent Oresharski is a former Prime Minister of Bulgaria;[12] Papazov is a former minister of Transport.
George Ganchev August 29, 1939
(age 77)
Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Kolyo Paramov Christian Social Union Ganchev is a former MP and three-time presidential candidate.[13] Paramov is an economist and former MP.
Velizar Enchev January 7, 1953
(age 63)
Town Galabovo, Region Stara Zagora, Bulgaria
Bilyana Grancharova Movement for Radical Change Bulgarian Spring Enchev is an independent MP;[14] Grancharova is a jurist.
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Veselin Mareshki
March 26, 1967
(age 49)
Varna, Bulgaria
Petar Petrov Independent Mareshki is a businessman.[15]
Dimitar Marinov August 15, 1955
(age 61)
Village Karaisen, Municipality Pavlikeni, Region Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
Radoslav Petrov (aka Rado Shisharkata) Bulgarian National Unification Marinov (known as Mityo The Pistol) is a popular entertainer and reality show star, having appeared in VIP Brother 1, a spinoff of the Big Brother franchise;[16] Petrov (known as Rado the Fircone) is a pop-folk singer.
Vladimir Kuzov June 16, 1966
(age 50)
Sofia, Bulgaria
Borislav Noev Independent Kuzov and Noev are former MPs from the union around the Attack party;[17]
Their registration in the elections was denied due to insufficient number of signatures gathered.[18]
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Aleksandar Tomov
April 27, 1954
(age 62)
Sofia, Bulgaria
Radoslav Radoslavov Bulgarian Socialdemocratic-Euroleft Tomov is a businessman.
Gospodin Tonev November 29, 1955
(age 60)
Town Dimitrovgrad, Region Haskovo, Bulgaria
Andrey Andreev Bulgarian Democratic Community
Kamen Popov Bulgaria Georgi Nedelchev Independent Popov is a businessman, sportsman.

Popov struck the leader of Attack party Volen Siderov.[19]

Svetoslav Vitkov January 26, 1971
(age 45)
Sofia, Bulgaria
Ivan Velkov Independent supported by People's Voice
The Greens
Vitkov is a musician, and a municipal councilor in Sofia;[20] Velkov is a Deputy Chairman of the municipal councilor in Sofia.
Their registration in the elections was denied due to insufficient number of signatures gathered.[18]
Kemil Ramadan Bulgaria Momchil Dobrev Balkanic Democratic League
Nikolay Banev August 16, 1959
(age 57)
Town Lyubimets, Region Haskovo, Bulgaria
Sali Ibrayim Independent Banev is a businessman;[21] Ibrayim is a former mayor of Momchilgrad
Biser Milanov Bulgaria Krasimir Nastev Independent Milanov is a recidivist;[22] Nastev is a businessman.
Diana Dimitrova Bulgaria Gabriel Gerasimov Independent
Yordanka Koleva Bulgaria Veselin Hristov Independent
Plamen Paskov Bulgaria Svetozar Saev Independent
Rumen Galabinov Bulgaria Veska Voleva Independent

Declined[edit]

Candidate Born Party Notes
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President Rosen Plevneliev
May 14, 1964
(age 52)
Town Gotse Delchev, Region Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
Independent [23]
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Prime Minister Boyko Borisov
June 13, 1959
(age 57)
Town Bankya, Region Sofia, Bulgaria
GERB Endorsed Tsetska Tsacheva [24]

Opinion polls[edit]

First round[edit]

  Qualifying for the second round
Pollster Date Radev Tsacheva Karakachanov Mareshki Oresharski Traykov Kalfin Others
Market Links 04.10.2016 14.9 19.8 7.9 1.1 4.5 5.4 46.4
Mediana 08.10.2016 18 25.4 9.9 3.2 1.3 4.2 6.1 31.9
Gallup International 12.10.2016 15.1 19.2 7.2 4.7 1.3 5.2 4.9 42.4
Alpha Rissorch 13.10.2016 21.4 29.3 8.7 3.3 0.5 5.0 6.8 25
TSAM 22.10.2016 22 32 9.1 5.3 2.8 5.6 6.3 16.9
IMP 22.10.2016 21.1 26.6 9.7 1.8 4.9 8.6 27.3
Gallup International 25.10.2016 16.3 20.2 8.1 5 3.8 5.2 5.3 36.1
Market Links 30.10.2016 18.1 19.4 8.5 4.3 2.2 3.8 3.5 40.2
Online Solutions 03.11.2016 18 19 16 15 32
Barometre Bulgaria 03.11.2016 14.4 19.3 19.1 4.4 4.8 4.6 4.2 29.2

Second round[edit]

Pollster Date Radev Tsacheva Others
Gallup International 12.10.2016 29.6 26.4 44
Alpha Rissourch 13.10.2016 31.3 32.6 36.1
Sova Harris 15.10.2016 37.8 38.7 23.5
TSAM 22.10.2016 41 43 16
Gallup International 25.10.2016 32.1 31.3 36.6
Market Links 30.10.2016 30.7 25 44.3
Mediana 31.10.2016 37.2 36.2 26.6
Pollster Date Radev Karakachanov Others
Market Links 30.10.2016 27.2 26.1 46.7
Pollster Date Tsacheva Karakachanov Others
Alpha Rissourch 13.10.2016 31.3 25.1 43.4

Results[edit]

Candidate Party First round Second round
Votes % Votes %
Rumen Radev Independent 973,754 25.44 2,063,032 59.37
Tsetska Tsacheva GERB 840,635 21.96 1,256,485 36.16
Krasimir Karakachanov United Patriots 573,016 14.97
Veselin Mareshki Independent 427,660 11.17
Plamen Oresharski Independent 253,726 6.63
Traycho Traykov Reformist Bloc 224,734 5.87
Ivailo Kalfin Alternative for Bulgarian Revival 125,531 3.28
Tatyana Doncheva Movement 21–NDSV 69,372 1.81
George Ganchev Christian Social Union 27,928 0.73
Velizar Enchev Movement for Radical Change Bulgarian Spring 18,213 0.48
Dimitar Marinov Bulgarian National Unification 14,974 0.39
Rumen Galabinov Independent 10,286 0.27
Plamen Paskov Independent 10,103 0.26
Aleksandar Tomov Bulgarian Socialdemocratic-Euroleft 9,513 0.25
Gospodin Tonev Bulgarian Democratic Community 6,855 0.18
Kemil Ramadan Balkanic Democratic League 6,089 0.16
Kamen Popov Independent 5,212 0.14
Diana Dimitrova Independent 4,362 0.11
Nikolay Banev Independent 4,196 0.11
Yordanka Koleva Independent 4,182 0.11
Biser Milanov Independent 3,215 0.08
None of the above 214,094 5.59 155,411 4.47
Invalid/blank votes 119,925 66,036
Total 3,947,575 100 3,540,964 100
Registered voters/turnout 7,014,723 56.28 7,020,119 50.44
Source: Electoral Commission of Bulgaria

Aftermath[edit]

Following the results of the second round, Prime Minister and GERB leader Boiko Borisov tendered his resignation.[25] Two days later, on 16 November, the National Assembly voted 218–0 to accept it, resulting in early parliamentary elections.[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Global elections calendar NDI
  2. ^ Bulgaria IFES
  3. ^ Bulgaria’s 2016 presidential elections: Voters to have ‘I don’t support anyone’ option Sofia Glove, 9 October 2016
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