Socialist ally Rumen Radev wins Bulgaria presidency: exit polls

Presidential candidate of the Bulgarian Socialist Party Rumen Radev walks with his wife Desislava after casting his vote at a polling station during a presidential election in Sofia, Bulgaria, November 13, 2016. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Former Bulgarian air force commander Rumen Radev won the decisive round of Sunday’s presidential elections in Bulgaria, exit polls by Alpha Research and Gallup International showed.

Radev, 53, backed by the opposition Socialists, won 58.1-58.5 percent of the vote, compared with 35.3-35.7 percent for Tsetska Tsacheva, the 58-year-old candidate of the ruling center-right GERB party, the polls said.

Reporting by Tsvetelia Tsolova and Angel Krasimirov; editing by Radu Marinas