Prime Minister of Bulgaria

The Prime Minister of Bulgaria (Bulgarian: Министър-председател, Ministar-predsedatel) is the head of government of Bulgaria. He or she is the leader of a political coalition in the Bulgarian parliament – known as the National Assembly of Bulgaria (Bulgarian: Народно събрание, Narodno sabranie) – and the leader of the cabinet.

The current Prime Minister is Boyko Borisov.

Prime Minister of Bulgaria
Министър-председател на България
Coat of arms of Bulgaria
Reuven Rivlin meeting with Boyko Borisov, June 2018 (1179) (cropped)
Boyko Borisov

since 4 May 2017
Member ofEuropean Council
AppointerNational Assembly
Term lengthFour years
Formation17 July 1879
First holderTodor Burmov

Living former Prime Ministers

Number Name Tenure Date of birth Age
1 Georgi Atanasov 1986–1990 25 July 1933 85
2 Philip Dimitrov 1991–1992 31 March 1955 64
3 Reneta Indzhova 1994–1995 6 July 1953 65
4 Zhan Videnov 1995–1997 22 March 1959 60
5 Stefan Sofiyanski 1997 7 November 1951 67
6 Ivan Kostov 1997–2001 23 December 1949 69
7 Simeon Sakskoburggotski 2001-2005 16 June 1937 81
8 Sergey Stanishev 2005–2009 5 May 1966 52
9 Marin Raykov 2013 17 December 1960 58
10 Plamen Oresharski 2013–2014 21 February 1960 59
11 Georgi Bliznashki 2014 4 October 1956 62
12 Ognyan Gerdzhikov 2017 19 March 1946 73

See also


Bankya (Bulgarian: Банкя) is a small town located on the outskirts of Sofia in western Bulgaria. It is administratively part of Greater Sofia.

The district is famous for the mineral springs and baths that have been used for medicinal purposes for hundreds of years. In 1969 the village of Bankya was proclaimed a town, and in 1979 it became part of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria.

Bankya is 5 km west of capital Sofia. It is situated at the foot of Lyulin Mountain at an average elevation of around 630–750 meters. The first people to populate the region of Bankya were Thracian tribes, over 2500 years ago. Archaeological excavations near the quarter of Ivanyane have unearthed remains of Ancient Roman buildings, walls and sewers, and bronze bracelets from the 4th–5th century. Bankya's economy depends mainly on tourism and balneological treatment.

Bankya was first mentioned as Banka in the 15th century. The former villages of Verdikal, Gradoman and Mihaylovo are part of the town itself, while Ivanyane and Klisura are part of the municipality. Bankya's name stems from the common noun bankya, "hot spring", a diminutive of banya ("baths").Bankya is the birthplace of the founder of GERB – Boyko Borisov, former and current Prime Minister of Bulgaria, and of rapper SOS

Bogdan Filov

Bogdan Dimitrov Filov (Bulgarian: Богдан Димитров Филов) (10 April 1883 – 1 February 1945) was a Bulgarian archaeologist, art historian and politician. He was Prime Minister of Bulgaria during World War II. During his service, Bulgaria became the seventh nation to join the Axis Powers.

Boyko Borisov

Boyko Metodiev Borisov (Bulgarian: Бойко Методиев Борисов, IPA: [ˈbɔjko mɛˈtɔdiɛf boˈrisof]; born 13 June 1959) is a Bulgarian politician who has been serving as the 50th Prime Minister of Bulgaria since 4 May 2017. He had previously held the post of Prime Minister on two separate occasions, from 2009 until 2013 and from 2014 until January 2017. He was also the Mayor of Sofia from 2005 to 2009.

Borisov occasionally plays as a forward for the football club FC Vitosha Bistritsa. In 2013, he became the oldest player ever to play for a Bulgarian professional club when he appeared for Vitosha in the B Group, the second division of Bulgarian football.

Bulgarian royal family

The current Bulgarian royal family is a line of the Koháry branch of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, which ruled Bulgaria from 1887 to 1946. The last tsar, Simeon II, became Prime Minister of Bulgaria in 2001 and remained in office until 2005. Members of the royal family hold the titles of Prince (Princess) of Bulgaria and Duke (Duchess) in Saxony, with the style of Royal Highness.Coburg Peak on Trinity Peninsula in Antarctica is named after the Bulgarian royal house of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.

Bulgarians in Ukraine

Bulgarians in Ukraine is the fifth biggest minority in the country primarily residing in the southern regions where they make up a significant minority living in the Odessa Oblast, the city of Bolhrad.

Dimitrov, Armenia

Dimitrov (Armenian: Դիմիտրով; until 1949, Ghuylasar Nerkin) is a village in the Ararat Province of Armenia.

It is renamed in 1949 in honor of Georgi Dimitrov − Comintern and Bulgarian Communist leader and prime minister of Bulgaria.

The village is inhabited mainly by Armenians and Assyrians.

Georgi Atanasov (politician)

Georgi Ivanov Atanasov (Bulgarian: Георги Иванов Атанасов) (born 25 July 1933) was a leading member of the Bulgarian Communist Party who served as Prime Minister from 1986-1990. Atanasov supported the move to oust Todor Zhivkov as Chairman of the State Council, joining Petar Mladenov in leading the opposition. In November 1992 he was sentenced to ten years imprisonment for embezzlement, although he was pardoned in 1994. He is currently the oldest living former prime minister of Bulgaria.

He is the last Communist prime minister of Bulgaria who is still alive as of 25 April 2019.

Georgi Bliznashki

Georgi Bliznashki (Bulgarian: Георги Близнашки; born 4 October 1956 in Skravena, Sofia Oblast) is a Bulgarian politician and a former Member of the European Parliament (MEP). He was a member of the Coalition for Bulgaria, part of the Party of European Socialists, and became and was an MEP from 1 January 2007 to June 2007 with the accession of Bulgaria to the European Union. He was expelled from BSP in March 2014.

On 6 August 2014 he was appointed to serve as a caretaker Prime Minister of Bulgaria.

Government of Bulgaria

The Council of Ministers (Bulgarian: Министерски съвет, Ministerski savet) is the main authority of the executive power in the Republic of Bulgaria. It consists of the Prime Minister of Bulgaria and all the specialized ministers.

After the compositions of the Council of Ministers is decided by the newly elected government, the deputies who are chosen to become ministers temporarily lose their deputy rights while being ministers. These rights are restored in case they are released from the Council of Ministers or the government falls from power. This is in contrast to how deputy ministers and other government officials are treated when they are elected as deputies.

Sometimes, with the purpose of preserving the political representation of different parties or groups in the Council of Ministers, one or more ministers without portfolio (lacking a ministry of their own) may be appointed.

The Council of Ministers office is in central Sofia and is part of the Largo architectural ensemble.

Johan Ehrnrooth

Johan Casimir Ehrnrooth (Russian: Казимир Густавович Э́рнрот, Kazimir Gustavovich Erhrot; 1 February 1833 – 5 February 1913) was a Finland-Swedish statesman in the service of Imperial Russia, who also acted as Prime Minister of Bulgaria.

Kimon Georgiev

Kimon Georgiev Stoyanov (Bulgarian: Кимон Георгиев Стоянов; August 11, 1882 – September 28, 1969) was a Bulgarian general who was the Prime Minister of Bulgaria from 1934 to 1935 and again from 1944 to 1946.

Konstantin Muraviev

Konstantin Vladov Muraviev (Bulgarian: Константин Владов Муравиев) (5 March 1893, Pazardzhik – 31 January 1965) was a leading member of the Agrarian People's Union who briefly served as Prime Minister of Bulgaria near the end of Bulgarian involvement in the Second World War. Muraviev was educated at Robert College of Istanbul, just like Ivan Evstratiev Geshov, Todor Ivanchov, Konstantin Stoilov and many other Bulgarian revolutionaries were.

Lyuben Berov

Lyuben Berov (Bulgarian: Любен Беров) (6 October 1925 in Sofia – 7 December 2006) was a Bulgarian economist. He served as Prime Minister of Bulgaria in the 80th Government from 30 December 1992 to 17 October 1994.

Marin Raykov

Marin Raykov Nikolov (Bulgarian: Марин Райков Николов; born 17 December 1960 in Washington, D.C., United States) is a Bulgarian politician and diplomat who was appointed to serve as a caretaker Prime Minister of Bulgaria and minister of foreign affairs of Bulgaria on 12 March 2013 by Bulgarian president Rosen Plevneliev. He left office on 29 May 2013 with his interim deputy PM Ekaterina Zakharieva.

Raykov served as a deputy Foreign Minister in the governments of Ivan Kostov (1998–2001) and Boyko Borisov (2009–2010). From 2010 to 2013, he served as an ambassador of Bulgaria in France.Marin Raykov’s father, Rayko Nikolov, was himself a career diplomat.

Plamen Oresharski

Plamen Vasilev Oresharski (Bulgarian: Пламен Василев Орешарски; born 21 February 1960) is a Bulgarian politician who served as Prime Minister of Bulgaria from 2013 to 2014. Previously Oresharski was Minister of Finance from 2005 to 2009 in the Cabinet of the Triple Coalition with Prime Minister Sergei Stanishev.

Reneta Indzhova

Reneta Ivanova Indzhova (Bulgarian: Ренета Иванова Инджова) (born 6 July 1953) is a Bulgarian politician and manager. Between October 1994 and January 1995 she served as Prime Minister of Bulgaria, the first, and so far, only, woman in Bulgaria to hold this office.

Teodor Teodorov

Teodor Ivanov Teodorov (Bulgarian: Теодор Теодоров; 8 April 1859, Elena – 5 August 1924) was a leading Bulgarian politician and legal expert who served as Prime Minister of Bulgaria immediately after the First World War.

Teodorov first came to prominence through his support for reform of the Bulgarian legal system and took part in a Commission set up in 1911 that eventually produced the Administrative Justice Law that established a Supreme Court.He was called in to head a coalition government after the resignation of Aleksandar Malinov on 28 November 1918 and struggled to keep order in the defeated country. Initially an opponent of Aleksandar Stamboliyski, he was later forced to admit the Agrarian Peoples Union leader into the Cabinet and was ultimately succeeded as Prime Minister by him. Teodorov was to play no further role in Bulgarian politics.

Todor Ivanchov

Todor Ivanchov (Bulgarian: Тодор Иванчов) (1858 – 1906) was a supporter of Vasil Radoslavov who served as Prime Minister of Bulgaria from 13 October 1899 to 25 January 1901.

Born in Veliko Tarnovo, he was educated at Robert College and in Montpellier, specializing in economics. He served as the editor of a number of Bulgarian newspapers and joined the Cabinet in 1885 under Petko Karavelov, serving as Minister of National Enlightenment. He was Minister of Education when he was chosen to be Prime Minister in 1899. During his own Premiership Ivanchov also held the role of Minister of Finance and enacted a series of reforms to improve the civil service. He was, however, considered a weak leader.In 1903 he was put on trial by the State Court for constitutional violations whilst a member of Radoslavov's cabinet. Sentenced to eight months' imprisonment, he was later pardoned.

Zhan Videnov

Žan Vasilev Videnov (Bulgarian: Жан Василев Виденов), sometimes spelled in English as Jean Videnov, was Prime Minister of Bulgaria from 25 January 1995 until 13 February 1997, a term remembered for the most severe economic and financial crisis in recent Bulgarian history. He was chairman of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) from 1991 to 1996. Currently he is a college lecturer and inspirer of the radical youth communist movement Che Guevara of Plovdiv.

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