Bulgarian President Rumen Radev on Tuesday appointed former parliament speaker Ognjan Gerdzhikov as caretaker prime minister, dissolved the blocked legislature and scheduled early elections for March 26.
Bulgaria's conservative prime minister, Boyko Borisov, said Sunday that he will resign next week because his party's candidate lost the presidential election and his government had lost popular support.
Exit polls in Bulgaria indicated Sunday that opposition candidate Rumen Radev has won the presidential election runoff, defeating conservative Prime Minister Boyko Borisov's candidate Tsetska Tsacheva.
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov promised to resign if his party's nominee doesn't win the most votes in presidential elections, making Sunday's poll also decisive for the future of the government.
Bulgarians will elect their new president in a run-off vote on November 13, with opposition hopeful Rumen Radev taking a surprising lead over Prime Minister Boyko Borisov's candidate Tsetska Tsacheva in the first round.
The future of the European Union depends on the bloc providing Bulgaria with adequate border protection assistance in the face of a surge in migrants hoping to reach Europe via the Balkan nation, warned Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
Two Iraqi migrants drowned and four others were missing after their small boat capsized as they attempted to cross the Danube River from Bulgaria to Romania, the Bulgarian state radio reported Tuesday.
The brother-in-law of one of the gunmen who stormed the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in January 2015 is to be extradited from Bulgaria to France, Bulgarian news agency BTA reported.