Kimon Georgiev

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Kimon Georgiev
Кимон Георгиев
24th Prime Minister of Bulgaria
In office
19 May 1934 – 22 January 1935
MonarchBoris III
Preceded byNikola Mushanov
Succeeded byPencho Zlatev
In office
9 September 1944 – 22 November 1946
MonarchSimeon II (1944-1946)
PresidentVasil Kolarov (1946)
Preceded byKonstantin Muraviev
Succeeded byGeorgi Dimitrov
Personal details
Born(1882-08-11)11 August 1882
Pazardzhik, Eastern Rumelia (today Bulgaria)
Died28 September 1969(1969-09-28) (aged 87)
Sofia, Bulgaria
Political partyPeople's Alliance
Democratic Alliance
Other political
Fatherland Front
Spouse(s)Veska Rodeva
ChildrenMaria Georgieva, Kornelia Georgieva
Military service
Branch/serviceBulgarian Army
Years of service1902–1935
RankColonel General

Kimon Georgiev Stoyanov (Bulgarian: Кимон Георгиев Стоянов; August 11, 1882 – September 28, 1969) was a Bulgarian general who was the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bulgaria from 1934 to 1935 and again from 1944 to 1946.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Pazardzhik, Georgiev graduated from the Sofia military academy in 1902. He participated in the Balkan Wars as a company commander and in the First World War as a commander of a battalion. In 1916 he lost an eye due to injuries received in action. He left the army in 1920 with the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Georgiev was one of the founders of the Military Union in 1919 and the People's Alliance in 1922. He participated in the organization of the 1923 coup d'état and after that became one of the leaders of the Democratic Alliance. He was the minister for railways, postal service and telegraphs in the first cabinet of Andrey Lyapchev.

In the 1930s he became one of the leaders of the right-wing military Zveno ('Link') movement. Together with fellow officers he committed a coup d'état in May 1934 and became prime minister. He was also justice minister and for a short time minister of war and foreign affairs. He abolished all political parties and trade unions. Influenced by the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, he introduced a corporative economic system (corporatism). In 1935 Tsar Boris III forced him to resign. During World War II, when Bulgaria was fighting on the side of the Axis, he grew close to the left-wing forces in Bulgaria and in 1943 he joined the anti-Axis Fatherland Front (FF) as one of its leaders. In September 1944 the FF committed a coup d'état and Georgiev again became prime minister. In 1946 he was succeeded by the communist leader Georgi Dimitrov and became vice-premier and Foreign Minister. Though Zveno was disbanded in 1949, Georgiev continued holding ministerial posts in each cabinet until 1962. From 1962 until his death in 1969 he was a member of the Presidium of the National Assembly. Georgiev was twice awarded the title Hero of Socialist Labour.

He is known as stariya prevratadzhiya (стария превратаджия, in English, the old coup-maker) in Bulgaria for having organised three coups: 1923, 1934 and 1944.


Tasho Tashev, The Ministers of Bulgaria 1879-1999, Sofia, AI "Prof. Marin Drinov"/Publishing house of the Ministry of defense, 1999, ISBN 978-954-430-603-8 / ISBN 978-954-509-191-9 (in Bulgarian)

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Political offices
Preceded by Prime Minister of Bulgaria
Succeeded by
Preceded by Prime Minister of Bulgaria
Succeeded by