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Parvanov Headed for Landslide Win in Bulgaria


Early vote counting in Bulgaria's runoff presidential election show incumbent Georgi Parvanov being reelected in a landslide.

Initial results give Mr. Parvanov about 74 percent of the vote while nationalist Attack Party candidate Volen Siderov has 27 percent.

President Parvanov has promised to continue what he calls his active and consistent foreign policy. Bulgaria joined NATO in 2004 and is expected to join the European Union on January 1.

Siderov opposes closer ties to the West and has also made harsh comments about Bulgaria's Turkish and Roma (Gypsy) minorities.

A low voter turnout in last week's first round forced Sunday's runoff.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.
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