Stanko Todorov

Stanko Todorov Georgiev (Bulgarian: Станко Тодоров Георгиев) (December 10, 1920 – December 17, 1996) was a Bulgarian communist politician.

Stanko Todorov
Станко Тодоров
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President of Bulgaria
In office
6 July 1990 – 17 July 1990
Preceded byPetar Mladenov
Succeeded byNikolai Todorov Acting
Chairperson of the National Assembly
In office
16 June 1981 – 17 July 1990
Preceded byVladimir Bonev
Succeeded byNikolai Todorov
37th Prime Minister of Bulgaria
In office
7 July 1971 – 16 June 1981
Preceded byTodor Zhivkov
Succeeded byGrisha Filipov
Personal details
Born10 December 1920
Klenovik, Bulgaria
Died17 December 1996(1996-12-17) (aged 76)
Sofia, Bulgaria
Political partyBulgarian Communist Party (1944–1990)
Bulgarian Socialist Party (1990–1996)

Todorov was born in Pernik Province. Before and during World War II he was a worker. He became interested in communism, and joined the underground Bulgarian Communist Party in 1943. By 1948, communists had come to power in Bulgaria, and Todorov began to rise through the ranks of the government. He became a member of the politburo in 1961 and held several government posts. He served as Prime Minister of Bulgaria, the third highest post in the country, from July 7, 1971 until June 16, 1981. At 9 years and 344 days, he is the longest-serving Bulgarian prime minister. He then became chairman of the parliament, serving in that position until the first multiparty elections in 1990. He supported the reformist wing of the Communist Party during this time, as pressure mounted on Bulgaria and other eastern European countries to reform. He took part in the removal of long-time party leader Todor Zhivkov from office in 1989. Just before the 1990 elections, Todorov served as acting President of Bulgaria from July 6, 1990 to July 17, 1990. He won a parliamentary seat in the elections, but resigned later that year for health reasons.

Political offices
Preceded by
Todor Zhivkov
Prime Minister of Bulgaria
7 July 1971 – 16 June 1981
Succeeded by
Grisha Filipov