List of Prime Ministers of Bulgaria

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This is a list of the heads of government of the modern Bulgarian state, from the establishment of the Principality of Bulgaria to the present day.

Prime Ministers of Bulgaria (1879–present)

Principality of Bulgaria (1878–1908)

Name
(Birth–Death)
Portrait Elected Term of Office Political Party
Chairmen of the Council of Ministers
1879–1908
Todor Burmov
1834–1906
(Lived: 72 years)
Todor Burmov.jpg 1879 (Jan) 17 July 1879 6 December 1879 Conservative Party
Archbishop
Kliment Turnovski
1841–1901
(Lived: 60 years)
Kliment tarnovski.jpg 6 December 1879 7 April 1880 Conservative Party
Dragan Tsankov
1828–1911
(Lived: 82 years)
DraganTsankov.jpg 1879 (Sep–Oct)
1880
7 April 1880 10 December 1880 Liberal Party
Petko Karavelov
1843–1903
(Lived: 59 years)
Petkokar.jpg 1881 (Jan) 10 December 1880 9 May 1881 Liberal Party
Johann Casimir Ehrnrooth
1833–1913
(Lived: 79 years)
Johann Casimir Ehrnrooth.jpg 1881 (Jun)[NA 1] 9 May 1881 13 July 1881 Imperial Russian Army
Authoritarian regime by Prince
Alexander I
1857–1893
(Lived: 36 years)
Alexander I of Bulgaria by Dimitar Karastoyanov.jpg 13 July 1881 5 July 1882
Leonid Sobolev
1844–1913
(Lived: 69 years)
LSobolev.jpg 1882[NA 2] 5 July 1882 19 September 1883 Imperial Russian Army
Dragan Tsankov
1828–1911
(Lived: 82 years)
2nd time
DraganTsankov.jpg 1884 19 September 1883 11 July 1884 Liberal Party
Petko Karavelov
1843–1903
(Lived: 59 years)
2nd time
Petkokar.jpg 11 July 1884 21 August 1886 Liberal Party
Archbishop
Kliment Turnovski
1841–1901
(Lived: 60 years)
2nd time
Kliment tarnovski.jpg 21 August 1886 24 August 1886 Conservative Party
Petko Karavelov
1843–1903
(Lived: 59 years)
3rd time
Petkokar.jpg 24 August 1886 28 August 1886 Liberal Party
Vasil Radoslavov
1854–1929
(Lived: 75 years)
VasilRadoslavov.jpg 1886 28 August 1886 10 July 1887 Liberal Party
Konstantin Stoilov
1853–1901
(Lived: 47 years)
KonstantinStoilov.jpg 10 July 1887 1 September 1887 Conservative Party
Stefan Stambolov
1854–1895
(Lived: 41 years)
Stefan Stambolov.jpg 1887
1890
1893 (Apr)
1893 (Jul)
1 September 1887 31 May 1894 People's Liberal Party
Konstantin Stoilov
1853–1901
(Lived: 47 years)
2nd time
KonstantinStoilov.jpg 1894
1896
31 May 1894 30 January 1899 People's Party
Dimitar Grekov
1847–1901
(Lived: 53 years)
Dimitar Grekov.jpg 1899 30 January 1899 13 October 1899 People's Liberal Party
Todor Ivanchov
1858–1905
(Lived: 46 years)
TodorIvanchov.jpg 13 October 1899 25 January 1901 Liberal Party (Radoslavists)
Racho Petrov
1861–1942
(Lived: 80 years)
Racho Petrov.jpg 1901 25 January 1901 5 March 1901 Independent
Petko Karavelov
1843–1903
(Lived: 59 years)
4th time
Petkokar.jpg 5 March 1901 4 January 1902 Democratic Party
Stoyan Danev
1858–1949
(Lived: 91 years)
S.danev.jpg 1902 4 January 1902 19 May 1903 Progressive Liberal Party
Racho Petrov
1861–1942
(Lived: 80 years)
2nd time
Racho Petrov.jpg 1903 19 May 1903 5 November 1906 Independent
Dimitar Petkov
1858–1907
(Lived: 48 years)
DimitarPetkov.jpg 5 November 1906 11 March 1907
(Assassinated)
People's Liberal Party
Dimitar Stanchov
1863–1940
(Lived: 76 years)
Acting Prime Minister
DimitarStanchov.jpg 12 March 1907 16 March 1907 Independent
Petar Gudev
1863–1932
(Lived: 68 years)
PetarGudev.jpg 16 March 1907 29 January 1908 People's Liberal Party
Aleksandar Malinov
1867–1938
(Lived: 70 years)
AlexanderMalinov.jpg 1908 29 January 1908 5 October 1908 Democratic Party

Kingdom of Bulgaria (1908–1946)

Name
(Birth–Death)
Portrait Elected Term of Office Political Party
Chairmen of the Council of Ministers
1908–1946
Aleksandar Malinov
1867–1938
(Lived: 70 years)
AlexanderMalinov.jpg 5 October 1908 29 March 1911 Democratic Party
Ivan Evstratiev Geshov
1849–1924
(Lived: 75 years)
Ivan Geshov.jpg 1911 (Jun)
1911 (Sep)
29 March 1911 14 June 1913 People's Party
Stoyan Danev
1858–1949
(Lived: 91 years)
2nd time
S.danev.jpg 14 June 1913 17 July 1913 Progressive Liberal Party
Vasil Radoslavov
1854–1929
(Lived: 75 years)
2nd time
VasilRadoslavov.jpg 1913
1914
17 July 1913 21 June 1918 Liberal Party (Radoslavists)
Aleksandar Malinov
1867–1938
(Lived: 70 years)
2nd time
AlexanderMalinov.jpg 21 June 1918 28 November 1918 Democratic Party
Teodor Teodorov
1869–1924
(Lived: 55 years)
Teodor Teodorov.jpg 28 November 1918 6 October 1919 People's Party
Aleksandar Stamboliyski
1879–1923
(Lived: 44 years)
A Stamboliyski.jpg 1919
1920
1923 (Apr)
6 October 1919 9 June 1923
(Deposed)
Bulgarian Agrarian National Union
Aleksandar Tsankov
1879–1959
(Lived: 80 years)
Altsankov.jpeg 1923 (Nov) 9 June 1923 4 January 1926 Democratic Alliance
Andrey Lyapchev
1866–1933
(Lived: 66 years)
Andrey Lyapchev 1930.jpg 1927 4 January 1926 29 June 1931 Democratic Alliance
Aleksandar Malinov
1867–1938
(Lived: 70 years)
3rd time
AlexanderMalinov.jpg 1931 29 June 1931 12 October 1931 Democratic Party
Nikola Mushanov
1872–1951
(Lived: 79 years)
N.mushanov.jpg 12 October 1931 19 May 1934
(Deposed)
Democratic Party
Kimon Georgiev
1882–1969
(Lived: 87 years)
K.georgiev.jpg 19 May 1934 22 January 1935 Zveno
Pencho Zlatev
1881–1948
(Lived: 66 years)
No image.svg 22 January 1935 21 April 1935 Bulgarian Army
Andrey Toshev
1867–1944
(Lived: 76 years)
Andrey Toshev.jpg 21 April 1935 23 November 1935 Independent
Georgi Kyoseivanov
1884–1960
(Lived: 76 years)
GeorgiKyoseivanov.jpeg 1938
1939
23 November 1935 16 February 1940 Independent
Bogdan Filov
1883–1945
(Lived: 61 years)
Богдан Филов.jpg 16 February 1940 9 September 1943 Independent
Petar Gabrovski
1898–1945
(Lived: 46 years)
Acting Prime Minister
No image.svg 9 September 1943 14 September 1943 Ratniks of the Advancement of the Bulgarian National Spirit
Dobri Bozhilov
1884–1945
(Lived: 60 years)
No image.svg 14 September 1943 1 June 1944 Independent
Ivan Ivanov Bagryanov
1891–1945
(Lived: 53 years)
Ivan Bagrianov.jpg 1 June 1944 2 September 1944 Independent
Konstantin Muraviev
1893–1965
(Lived: 71 years)
Konstantin Muraviev.jpg 2 September 1944 9 September 1944
(Deposed)
Bulgarian Agrarian National Union
Kimon Georgiev
1882–1969
(Lived: 87 years)
2nd time
K.georgiev.jpg 1945 9 September 1944 15 September 1946 Zveno

People's Republic of Bulgaria (1946–1990)

Name
(Birth–Death)
Portrait Elected Term of Office Political Party
Chairmen of the Council of Ministers
1946–1990
Kimon Georgiev
1882–1969
(Lived: 87 years)
2nd time
K.georgiev.jpg 15 September 1946 23 November 1946 Zveno
Georgi Dimitrov
1882–1949
(Lived: 67 years)
Georgi Dimitrov.jpg 1946 23 November 1946 2 July 1949
(Died in office)
Bulgarian Communist Party
Vasil Kolarov
1877–1950
(Lived: 72 years)
V.kolarov.jpg 1949 2 July 1949
Acting until
20 July 1949
23 January 1950
(Died in office)
Bulgarian Communist Party
Valko Chervenkov
1900–1980
(Lived: 80 years)
No image.svg 1953 23 January 1950
Acting until
3 February 1950
17 April 1956 Bulgarian Communist Party
Anton Yugov
1904–1991
(Lived: 86 years)
No image.svg 1957 17 April 1956 19 November 1962 Bulgarian Communist Party
Todor Zhivkov
1911–1998
(Lived: 86 years)
Bundesarchiv Bild 183-B0115-0010-066, Berlin, VI. SED-Parteitag, Warnke, Shiwkow - Zhivkov.jpg 1962
1966
19 November 1962 7 July 1971 Bulgarian Communist Party
Stanko Todorov
1920–1996
(Lived: 76 years)
Stanko Todorov.jpg 1971
1976
7 July 1971 16 June 1981 Bulgarian Communist Party
Grisha Filipov
1919–1994
(Lived: 75 years)
No image.svg 1981 16 June 1981 21 March 1986 Bulgarian Communist Party
Georgi Atanasov
Born 1933
(84 years old)
No image.svg 1986 21 March 1986 3 February 1990 Bulgarian Communist Party
Andrey Lukanov
1938–1996
(Lived: 58 years)
No image.svg 3 February 1990 15 November 1990 Bulgarian Communist Party
Bulgarian Socialist Party

Republic of Bulgaria (1990–present)

Name
(Birth–Death)
Portrait Elected Term of Office Political Party
Minister-Chairmen
1990 onwards
Andrey Lukanov
1938–1996
(Lived: 58 years)
No image.svg 15 November 1990 7 December 1990 Bulgarian Socialist Party
Dimitar Iliev Popov
1927–2015
(Lived: 88 years)
No image.svg 1990 7 December 1990 8 November 1991 Independent
Philip Dimitrov
Born 1955
(63 years old)
Dimitrov.JPG 1991 8 November 1991 30 December 1992 Union of Democratic Forces
Lyuben Berov
1925–2006
(Lived: 81 years)
No image.svg 30 December 1992 17 October 1994 Independent
supported by
Movement for Rights and Freedoms
Reneta Indzhova
Born 1953
(64 years old)
Acting Prime Minister
No image.svg 17 October 1994 25 January 1995 Independent
Zhan Videnov
Born 1959
(59 years old)
No image.svg 1994 25 January 1995 13 February 1997 Bulgarian Socialist Party
Stefan Sofiyanski
Born 1951
(66 years old)
Acting Prime Minister
No image.svg 13 February 1997 21 May 1997 Union of Democratic Forces
Ivan Kostov
Born 1949
(68 years old)
Ivan kostov.jpg 1997 21 May 1997 24 July 2001 Union of Democratic Forces
Simeon Sakskoburggotski
Born 1937
(80 years old)
Simeon Sakskoburggotski.jpg 2001 24 July 2001 17 August 2005 National Movement Simeon II
Sergei Stanishev
Born 1966
(51 years old)
Sergey Stanishev 2009 elections diff crop.jpg 2005 17 August 2005 27 July 2009 Bulgarian Socialist Party
Boyko Borisov
Born 1959
(58 years old)
Boyko Borissov 2017-11-03.jpg 2009 27 July 2009 13 March 2013 GERB
Marin Raykov
Born 1960
(57 years old)
Acting Prime Minister
Marin Raykov Bulgarian Acting PM 2013.jpg 13 March 2013 29 May 2013 Independent
Plamen Oresharski
Born 1960
(58 years old)
Plamen Oresharski.jpg 2013 29 May 2013 6 August 2014 Independent
supported by
Bulgarian Socialist Party
Georgi Bliznashki
Born 1956
(61 years old)
Acting Prime Minister
Georgi Bliznashki.jpg 6 August 2014 7 November 2014 Independent
Boyko Borisov
Born 1959
(58 years old)
2nd time
Boyko Borissov 2017-11-03.jpg 2014 7 November 2014 27 January 2017 GERB
Ognyan Gerdzhikov
Born 1946
(72 years old)
Acting Prime Minister
No image.svg 27 January 2017 4 May 2017 National Movement for Stability and Progress
Boyko Borisov
Born 1959
(58 years old)
3rd time
Boyko Borissov 2017-11-03.jpg 2017 4 May 2017 Incumbent GERB


Living former Prime Ministers

Number Name Tenure Date of birth Age
1 Georgi Atanasov 1986–1990 (1933-07-25)25 July 1933 84
2 Philip Dimitrov 1991–1992 (1955-03-31)31 March 1955 63
3 Reneta Indzhova 1994–1995 (1953-07-06)6 July 1953 64
4 Zhan Videnov 1995–1997 (1959-03-22)22 March 1959 59
5 Stefan Sofiyanski 1997 (1951-11-07)7 November 1951 66
6 Ivan Kostov 1997–2001 (1949-12-23)23 December 1949 68
7 Simeon Sakskoburggotski 2001-2005 (1937-06-16)16 June 1937 80
8 Sergey Stanishev 2005–2009 (1966-05-05)5 May 1966 51
9 Marin Raykov 2013 (1960-12-17)17 December 1960 57
10 Plamen Oresharski 2013–2014 (1960-02-21)21 February 1960 58
11 Georgi Bliznashki 2014 (1956-10-04)4 October 1956 61
12 Ognyan Gerdzhikov 2017 (1946-03-19)19 March 1946 72

Facts and records of Bulgarian Prime Ministers

Age at appointment

Age at retirement

Oldest and youngest living prime ministers

  • Oldest living prime minister: Georgi Atanasov (84 years, 270 days)
  • Youngest living prime minister: Sergey Stanishev (51 years, 351 days)

Longest and shortest lived prime ministers

Longest and shortest retirements

  • Living prime minister with the longest period lived after leaving office: Georgi Atanasov (28 years, 77 days)
  • Living prime minister with the shortest period lived after leaving office: Ognyan Gerdzhikov (352 days)
  • Deceased prime minister with the longest period lived after leaving office: Stoyan Danev (36 years, 13 days)
  • Deceased prime minister with the shortest period lived after leaving office: Aleksandar Stamboliyski (5 days)

Age difference between incoming and outgoing officeholders

  • Largest age difference between an incoming and outgoing prime minister: Sergey Stanishev (born 5 May 1966) was 28 years, 323 days younger than Simeon Sakskoburggotski (born 16 June 1937) whom he succeeded in 2005.
  • Smallest age difference between an incoming and outgoing prime minister: Aleksandar Tsankov (born 29 June 1879) was 120 days younger than Aleksandar Stamboliyski (born 1 March 1879) whom she succeeded in 1923.

Length of service

Female prime ministers


Foreign-born prime ministers


Prime ministers of Bulgaria born after the announcement of Bulgaria as a republic



Footnotes

  1. ^ Johann Casimir Ehrnrooth was appointed by Prince Alexander I to preside over the election. Ehrnrooth was not elected by the Grand National Assembly.
  2. ^ Leonid Sobolev was appointed by Prince Alexander I during his authoritarian regime. Sobolev was not elected by the National Assembly.

References

See also

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