List of mayors of Sofia

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This is a chronological list of mayors of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, since that post was established after the Liberation of Bulgaria in 1878.

Initially, the mayors of Sofia were assigned by the provisional Russian government. After the newly restored Bulgarian state was already functioning on its own, in the end of 1878, mayors were chosen by the municipal council. Until 1944, the mayor (with the official title of "Chairman of the City Administrative Council") was appointed through a Tsar's decree after a candidate was suggested by the Minister of Internal Affairs. After that date, the mayor (officially "Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Sofia City (later Capital) People's Council") was formally chosen by the municipal councillors, albeit after being specified by the Bulgarian Communist Party management.[1]

Since the democratic changes and the 7th Grand National Assembly in 1990 that led to the appointment of an interim mayor (Green Party of Bulgaria leader Aleksandar Karakachanov), the residents of Sofia received the right to choose their mayor, the first democratically elected one being Aleksandar Yanchulev on 13 October 1991.[1]

List[edit]

No. from[2] until[2] mayor (кмет, kmet)[2] notes
1 10 February 1878 8 June 1878 Manolaki Tashev first mayor; assigned by the
provisional Russian government; died from cancer[1]
2 9 June 1878 1 August 1878 Dimitar Hadzhikotsev
3 2 August 1878 29 December 1878 Dimitar Dimov
4 30 December 1878 13 September 1879 Todoraki Peshev
5 14 September 1879 30 June 1890 Dimitar Traykovich
6 1 July 1880 30 December 1880 Todor Ikonomov
7 15 February 1881 30 September 1881 Nikola Daskalov
8 1 October 1881 29 April 1883 Ivan Hadzhienov
9 30 April 1883 27 December 1883 Nikola Suknarov
10 28 December 1883 9 May 1884 Dimitar Hadzhikotsev
11 10 May 1884 24 August 1885 Todoraki Peshev 2nd inconsecutive term
12 25 August 1885 19 October 1886 Ivan Slaveykov
13 20 October 1886 1 November 1887 Yosif Kovachev
14 21 November 1887 31 August 1888 Nikola Daskalov 2nd inconsecutive term
15 1 September 1888 7 October 1893 Dimitar Petkov
16 18 October 1893 31 May 1894 Hristo Blagoev
17 16 July 1894 15 July 1895 Ivan Grozev
18 16 July 1895 30 September 1896 Dr. Dimitar Mollov
19 1 October 1896 7 April 1897 Grigor Nachovich
20 8 April 1897 11 April 1899 Dimitar Yablanski
21 12 April 1899 4 January 1901 Hristo Popov
22 4 April 1901 23 September 1903 Petar Chernev
23 2 March 1904 7 July 1905 Petko Nikolov
24 8 July 1905 21 March 1908 Martin Todorov
25 22 March 1908 31 March 1908 Dr. Georgi Sarafov shortest term, 9 days[1]
26 1 April 1908 31 July 1908 Atanas Hranov
27 1 August 1908 18 October 1910 Evstati Kirkov
28 1 November 1910 17 August 1911 Konstantin Batolov
29 27 September 1911 22 May 1912 Haralampi Karastoyanov
30 23 May 1912 11 February 1914 Ivan Geshov
31 12 February 1914 18 March 1915 Petko Todorov
32 23 June 1915 11 August 1918 Radi Radev
33 12 September 1918 5 September 1920 Dr. Georgi Kalinkov
34 6 September 1920 8 June 1922 Konstantin Batolov 2nd inconsecutive term
35 8 June 1922 9 June 1923 Krum Popov shot during a coup
36 10 June 1923 13 July 1924 Ivan Ploshtakov
37 14 July 1924 16 April 1925 Paskal Paskalev killed in the St Nedelya Church bomb attack[1]
38 10 June 1925 13 November 1925 Georgi Madzharov shot on the street by a dismissed director[1]
39 7 April 1926 14 March 1932 Gen. Vladimir Vazov
40 14 March 1932 20 February 1933 Boyan Nachov
41 20 February 1933 25 May 1934 Dr. Haralampi Oroshakov
42 25 May 1934 9 September 1944 Ivan Ivanov longest term[1]
43 10 September 1944 19 September 1944 Petar Slavinski shortest term, 9 days[1]
44 23 September 1944 22 March 1945 Prof. Aleksi Kvartirnikov
45 22 March 1945 29 October 1945 Nikola Bronzov
46 1 November 1945 2 March 1948 Slavcho Stoilov
47 2 March 1948 27 May 1949 Prof. Dobri Radistilov
48 27 May 1949 1 November 1949 Todor Zhivkov
49 1 November 1949 22 December 1952 Dr. Ivan Pashov
50 22 December 1952 7 September 1961 Dimitar Popov
51 7 September 1961 20 September 1967 Georgi Petkov
52 20 September 1967 11 November 1971 Georgi Stoilov
53 11 November 1971 5 December 1977 Ivan Panev
54 7 March 1978 15 April 1986 Petar Mezhdurechki
55 15 April 1986 27 July 1990 Stefan Ninov
56 17 October 1990 20 October 1991 Aleksandar Karakachanov interim; Union of Democratic Forces
57 21 October 1991 1995 Prof. Aleksandar Yanchulev first elected mayor; Union of Democratic Forces[1]
58 19 November 1995 29 June 2005 Stefan Sofiyanski Union of Democratic Forces and Union of Free Democrats
59 30 June 2005 9 November 2005 Minko Gerdzhikov interim
60 10 November 2005 29 July 2009 Gen. Boyko Borisov independent and GERB
61 29 July 2009 23 November 2009 Minko Gerdzhikov interim; GERB
62 23 November 2009 6 October 2011 Yordanka Fandakova first woman mayor; GERB
63 6 October 2011 8 November 2011 Maria Boyadzhiyska interim; GERB
64 8 November 2011 Yordanka Fandakova GERB; 2nd consecutive term
  Mayor during the monarchy in Bulgaria (1878-1944)
  Mayor in Communist Bulgaria (1944-1989)
  Mayor in Democratic Bulgaria (since 1989)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Being a mayor in Sofia — from 10 days to 10 years. Standart newspaper, Internet edition. Retrieved 6 April 2006.
  2. ^ a b c Mayors of the city of Sofia. Sofia municipality website. Retrieved 3 April 2006.

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