Blow for Bulgarian PM in presidential poll

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov casts his vote at a polling station during the presidential elections in Sofia, on November 6, 2016Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov suffered an embarrassing setback in the first round of presidential elections Sunday, with projections suggesting his nominee was beaten by a left-leaning opposition candidate. Tsetska Tsacheva won 22.3 percent of the vote behind Rumen Radev on 24.9 percent, the candidate of the opposition Socialists seen as more sympathetic to Russia, according to a projection from Gallup based on 75 percent of votes counted. The centre-right Borisov, 57, had said before the election that if Tsacheva failed to come first in the first round, he would call early elections.

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