Dimitar Iliev Popov

Dimitar Iliev Popov (Pokriva) (Bulgarian: Димитър Илиев Попов [diˈmitɐr poˈpɔf]; 26 June 1927 – 5 December 2015) was a leading Bulgarian judge and the first Prime Minister of the country not to be a member of the Bulgarian Communist Party since 1946.[1]

Dimitar Iliev Popov
Димитър Илиев Попов
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41st Prime Minister of Bulgaria
In office
7 December 1990 – 8 November 1991
PresidentZhelyu Zhelev
Preceded byAndrey Lukanov
Succeeded byPhilip Dimitrov
Personal details
Born(1927-06-26)26 June 1927
Kula, Bulgaria
Died5 December 2015(2015-12-05) (aged 88)
Sofia, Bulgaria
Political partyIndependent

Popov, who did not have any party affiliation and was chosen for his perceived impartiality as a member of the judiciary, was selected to head the new government after the resignation of Andrey Lukanov in December 1990 in the face of mass demonstrations and a general strike.[2] As Prime Minister Popov oversaw the drafting of the new constitution as well as the second open elections. Although overseeing the beginnings of the policy of privatization, Popov's government was more of a caretaker administration.[3]

Popov died at the age of 88 on December 5, 2015.[4]


  1. ^ Judge elected Premier of Bulgaria
  2. ^ Randall W. Stone, Lending Credibility: The International Monetary Fund and the Post-Communist Transition, Princeton University Press, 2002, p. 210
  3. ^ Bernard A. Cook, Europe Since 1945: An Encyclopedia, Volume 1, Taylor & Francis, 2001, p. 166
  4. ^ "Former Bulgarian PM Dimitar Popov dies at 88". Novinite.com.
Political offices
Preceded by
Andrey Lukanov
Prime Minister of Bulgaria
Succeeded by
Philip Dimitrov