Bulgaria has chosen its next president, a conservative who has never held public office before, to form the country’s next government.
Bulgaria’s new prime minister is Sofia Bokova, who has been at the helm of the ruling party for more than two decades.
The announcement came after a weekend of intense campaigning in which Bokova received more than 5 million votes.
Bulgarian President Ivica Dacic said he was confident in Bokova’s ability to run the country.
The two candidates, who have held the presidency for nearly two decades, will face off against each other in an April 16 runoff election.
Bulgars new president, Sofia, has received 5 million-plus votes, a majority of which is expected to go to her challenger.
Ivica Daca will run the economy and government, and Sofia has been leading the party in parliament.
They have had a close relationship, with the president calling him his best friend.
President Dacacic, who won re-election last month after a landslide victory, is a polarizing figure who has become an icon for his hard-line stance on the countrys immigration policy.
He has faced criticism over his handling of the migrant crisis and has been criticized by human rights activists for his close ties to the former Communist Party of Bulgaria.
He has also been accused of human rights violations by human-rights groups.