Bulgaria: Ninova was re-elected leader of the Socialist Party

Bulgaria: Ninova was re-elected leader of the Socialist Party

Cornelia Ninova was re-elected president of the Bulgarian Socialist Party, in the September 12 elections.

Cornelia Ninova received 81.5% of the vote of the more than 80,000 party members who participated in the first direct elections and thus remains President of the Bulgarian Socialist Party for the next four years. Turnout was 67.1%, comfortably covering the 50% required for the validity of the election.

In her first public statement since winning the in-party vote, BSP leader Cornelia Ninova said the presidential election showed a united and unified party.

There were four candidates running for the BSP presidency in the September 12 elections: incumbent Cornelia Ninova, her party deputy Kiril Dobrev, and MPs Valeri Zijalanov and Krasimir Yankov.

The decision to directly elect the party president from the party base was taken by the BSP Congress in February 2017 at the suggestion of Cornelia Ninova herself./ibna