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The Vice President of the Republic of Bulgaria is a position, established by the Constitution of Bulgaria, and the only vice presidential office in the European Union (EU).[Note 1]

Vice President
of the Republic of Bulgaria
Вицепрезидент
на Република България
Coat of arms of Bulgaria (lesser version).svg
Iliyana Yotova sm.jpg
Incumbent
Iliana Iotova

since 22 January 2017
StyleHer Excellency
ResidenceBoyana Residence, Sofia
Term lengthFive years, renewable once
Formation1 August 1990
First holderAtanas Semerdzhiev

The vice president is elected in a popular vote, along with the president. Candidates for president and vice president run on their party ticket and are prohibited from serving in any other post upon election.

According to the constitution the vice president shall be principal assistant to the president in his/her official duties.[1]

In the 1971–1990 period, the Chairmen of the State Council — Todor Zhivkov (1971–1989) and Petar Mladenov (1989–1990) — were the heads of state of Bulgaria. The First Deputy Chairmen of the State Council were deputy heads of state. The State Council was abolished on April 3, 1990.

Below is a list of First Deputy Chairmen of the State Council and Vice-Presidents of the Republic of Bulgaria:

Contents

First Deputy and Deputy Chairmen of the State Council of Bulgaria, 1971–1990Edit

Deputy Chairmen of State Council of People's Republic of Bulgaria
First Deputy Chairman Term of office Political party Chairman
Portrait Name Took office Left office Duration
  Krastyu Trichkov
Кръстю Тричков
(1923– )
8 July 1971 27 July 1972 1 year, 19 days Fatherland Front Todor Zhivkov
  Georgi Andreev
Георги Андреев
(1929-2011)[2]
8 July 1971 30 April 1973 1 year, 296 days Fatherland Front Todor Zhivkov
  Georgi Traykov
Георги Трайков
(1898–1975) [3]
27 July 1972 1 November 1974 2 years, 97 days Fatherland Front Todor Zhivkov
  Petur Tanchev
Петър Танчев
(1920–1992) [4] [5]
1 November 1974 14 December 1989 15 years, 43 days Fatherland Front Todor Zhivkov
Petar Mladenov
  Angel Dimitrov
Ангел Димитров
(1927–2005) [6]
14 December 1989 3 April 1990 110 days Fatherland Front Petar Mladenov

Vice President, 1990–presentEdit

Elected by parliament, 1990–1992Edit

The following vice presidents were elected by the parliament.

Vice Chairman
(Vice President)
Term of office Political party Chairman
(President)
Portrait Name
(Born–Died)
Took office Left office Duration
  Atanas Semerdzhiev
Атанас Семерджиев
(1924–2015)
1 August 1990 22 January 1992 1 year, 174 days Bulgarian Socialist Party Zhelyu Zhelev

Directly elected, 1992–presentEdit

The following vice-presidents were elected by the people.

Vice President Term of office Political party President
Portrait Name
(Born–Died)
Took office Left office Duration
  Blaga Dimitrova
Блага Димитрова
(1922–2003)
22 January 1992 6 July 1993 1 year, 165 days Union of Democratic Forces Zhelyu Zhelev
Vacant 6 July 1993 22 January 1997 3 years, 200 days Vacant
  Todor Kavaldzhiev
Тодор Кавалджиев
(1934–2019)
22 January 1997 22 January 2002 5 years, 0 days United Democratic Forces Petar Stoyanov
  Angel Marin
Ангел Марин
(1942–)
22 January 2002 22 January 2012 10 years, 0 days Bulgarian Socialist Party Georgi Parvanov
  Margarita Popova
Маргарита Попова
(1956– )
22 January 2012 22 January 2017 5 years, 0 days Independent / GERB Rosen Plevneliev
  Iliana Iotova
Илиана Йотова
(1964– )
22 January 2017 Incumbent 2 years, 76 days Bulgarian Socialist Party Rumen Radev

Living former Deputy Heads of stateEdit

Name Term of office Date of birth
Krastyu Trichkov 1971–1972 (1923-04-12) 12 April 1923 (age 95)
Angel Marin 2002–2012 (1942-01-08) 8 January 1942 (age 77)
Margarita Popova 2012–2017 (1956-05-15) 15 May 1956 (age 62)

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Under the current Constitution of Cyprus, there is post of Vice President of Cyprus that is reserved for a Turkish Cypriot, however since December 1963, the Turkish Cypriots have had no participation in the government, thus leaving the post of Vice President vacant since then.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Chapter Four: President of the Republic". Constitution. National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria. Retrieved 30 April 2012.
  2. ^ Radio Free Europe Research. Survey of East European Developments . july 1971
  3. ^ Radio Free Europe Research. Survey of East European Developments October–December 1974
  4. ^ Radio Free Europe Research. Survey of East European Developments October–December 1974
  5. ^ Radio Free Europe Research. Weekly Record of Events in Eastern Europe. 30 November to 6 December 1989
  6. ^ Radio Free Europe Research. Weekly Record of Events in Eastern Europe. 30 November to 6 December 1989