Bulgaria soon to play political footsie with Russia?

Image on Bulgaria's government homepage

Image on Bulgaria’s government homepage

AFP reports Bulgaria has elected a new president, and he’s likely to inch his country toward closer ties with Russia.

The MiG pilot and former Bulgarian air force chief of staff, more used to a uniform than a suit, won close to 60 percent of ballots in a closely-fought run-off on Sunday, projections showed.

The 53-year-old, little known previously, beat the personal nominee of centre-right Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, ex-parliament speaker Tsetska Tsacheva, who fell short with just over 35 percent.

“It’s a victory for all Bulgarian people. Democracy has beaten apathy and fear today,” Radev told state media on Sunday evening.

Radev graduated from Bulgaria’s Air Force University and Rakovski Defence and Staff College and specialised in the US Air War College in Maxwell Air Force Base.

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