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Bulgaria centre-right occasion endorses college rector for president

SOFIA, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Bulgaria’s centre-right GERB occasion on Friday endorsed a college rector to run for president in a contest to be held in tandem with a parliamentary election aimed toward constructing a working authorities and ending months of political uncertainty.

GERB mentioned it backed Sofia University Rector Atanas Gerdzhikov, 58, a professor in Ancient and Medieval Literature who has run Bulgaria’s most famed college since 2015, to problem incumbent Rumen Radev, 58, for the presidency, a largely ceremonial place.

“Prof. Gerdzhikov is a man who can unite the nation,” GERB’s chief, former premier Boyko Borissov informed reporters. “We were happy to hear he will be nominated by an independent committee and we decided to support him.”

The parliamentary election would be the nation’s third this 12 months, following inconclusive votes in April and July that failed to supply a authorities amid wrangling and rivalry amongst Borissov’s opponents. learn extra

Borissov, a harsh critic of Radev, has accused the previous airforce commander of stoking deep divisions in society by overtly supporting huge anti-corruption protests in opposition to Borissov’s centre-right administration in 2020.

Popular anger in opposition to widespread corruption within the European Union’s poorest member state put an finish to virtually a decade of political dominance by Borissov, who stood down in April after his occasion had dominated for a lot of the previous decade.

Radev, who has maintained excessive approval scores since he was elected in 2016, is supported by Borissov’s political opponents – the Socialists, the anti-establishment ITN occasion and a newly shaped centrist occasion, We Are Continuing the Change. learn extra

Bulgaria holds votes for the presidency each 5 years.

Reporting by Tsvetelia Tsolova, Editing by William Maclean

Boyko Borissov, former Bulgarian Prime Minister and leader of centre-right GERB party, speaks during a news conference in Sofia, Bulgaria, July 12, 2021. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov