Bulgaria's Reformist Bloc Endorses GERB Candidate in Presidential Vote Runoff

Bozhidar Lukarski, co-chair of the Refformist Bloc. File photo, BGNES

The junior ally in Bulgaria's minority coalition government will fully stand behind Tsetska Tsacheva, the main ruling party candidate, in the presidential election runoff, one of its co-chairs has said.

A decision has been taken by the Reformist Bloc (RB) coalition to back GERB's candidate, Bozhidar Lukarski has told public broadcaster BNT.

"We cannot allow for a red general to head the state and change the Euro-Atlanticist orientiation of Bulgaria," Lukarski has argued.

He has made clear the RB, which proposed its own candidate in the elections, will act along its traditional "anti-communism" lines.

Radev, a former Air Force Commander, is running as independent but is supported by the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), the heir to the Soviet-era Bulgarian Communist Party.

His right-wing opponents have accused him of being pro-Russian and anti-Western, something he denies.

Radev is tipped to win the first round of the presidential election acording to exit polls.

The runoff vote is due on November 13, next Sunday.

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