Radev marches on

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Worn out by a government incapable of keeping its promises, the Bulgarians have chosen a man with no experience to head a populist pro-Russian government.

In the end, Bulgaria’s voters were won over by the image of a strong man in his Air Force uniform with his commanding voice, an incorruptible servant of the fatherland unsullied by party politics. Rumen Radev, the major general born in 1963, has become the new president-elect of Bulgaria, winning 59% of the vote in the second round of the presidential elections held on 13 November. His victory, unthinkable until a few months ago, appears to have opened a new phase in Bulgarian politics.

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