Bulgarian Presidential Run Off Election Sunday

Posted October 30th, 2011 at 3:30 am (UTC-5)
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Voters in Bulgaria are choosing a new president Sunday in a runoff election.

On the ballot are GERB candidate Rosen Plevneliev, who got 40 percent of the vote last Sunday, and Socialist Ivaylo Kalfin, who came in second with about 29 percent of the votes.

Political analysts expect Kalfin, a European parliament member, will win the race to succeed President Georgy Parvanov, who cannot run for reelection after serving two five-year terms.

Nearly 7 million Bulgarians are eligible to vote in the election.

Bulgaria's presidency is primarily a ceremonial position with the presidential authority extending over the military and some legislative decisions.

Voters in Bulgaria are also casting ballots in runoff elections for mayor.