Dimitar Iliev Popov

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Dimitar Iliev Popov
Димитър Илиев Попов
41st Prime Minister of Bulgaria
In office
7 December 1990 – 8 November 1991
President Zhelyu Zhelev
Preceded by Andrey Lukanov
Succeeded by Philip Dimitrov
Personal details
Born (1927-06-26) June 26, 1927 (age 88)
Kula, Bulgaria
Political party Independent

Dimitar Iliev Popov (Bulgarian: Димитър Илиев Попов) (born 26 June 1927 in Kula) 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]

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]


  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