Zhelyu Zhelev

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Zhelyu Zhelev
Желю Желев
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2nd President of Bulgaria
In office
1 August 1990 – 22 January 1997
Prime MinisterAndrey Lukanov
Dimitar Popov
Philip Dimitrov
Lyuben Berov
Reneta Indzhova (acting)
Zhan Videnov
Vice PresidentAtanas Semerdzhiev (1 August 1990 – 22 January 1992)
Blaga Dimitrova (22 January 1992 – 6 July 1993)
Preceded byNikolai Todorov (acting)
Succeeded byPetar Stoyanov
Chairman of the Union of Democratic Forces
In office
1989 - 1990
Preceded byOffice Established
Succeeded byPetar Beron
Personal details
Born
Zhelyu Mitev Zhelev

(1935-03-03)3 March 1935
Veselinovo, Bulgaria
Died30 January 2015(2015-01-30) (aged 79)
Sofia, Bulgaria
Political partyUnion of Democratic Forces
Spouse(s)Maria Zheleva
ChildrenYordanka
Stanka
ProfessionPhilosopher
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Zhelyu Mitev Zhelev (Bulgarian: Желю Митев Желев; 3 March 1935 – 30 January 2015) was a Bulgarian politician, philosopher, writer, and dissident. He served as the second President of Bulgaria from 1 August 1990 to 22 January 1997. He was the first non-communist to hold office.

Zhelev was born in Smyadovo. He was married to Maria Zheleva and had two children.

Zhelev died on 30 January 2015 in Sofia, aged 79.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Bulgaria's first democratically-elected president Zhelev dies". Reuters. 30 January 2015. Retrieved 30 January 2015.