Leader of the Opposition (Bulgaria)
|Leader of the Opposition
Лидер на Опозицията
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|Term length||While leader of the largest political party not in government|
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The Leader of the Opposition (Bulgarian: Лидер на Опозицията) is the politician who leads the official Opposition in Bulgaria.
The Leader of the Opposition is normally the leader of the largest party not within the government, which is usually the second largest political party in the Parliament of Bulgaria. An exception for this was the political party of GERB, which in the 42nd National Assembly was the largest party and the largest opposition with 97 seats in the Bulgarian Assembly, the second biggest party was the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) with 84 seats in the National Assembly.
The current Leader of the Opposition is Mihail Mikov, leader of Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), with 39 seats in the national assembly.
List of Leaders of the Opposition since 1990
|#||Leader||Political Party||Term of office|
|1||Zhelyu Zhelev||Union of Democratic Forces||1990|
|2||Petar Beron||Union of Democratic Forces||1990|
|3||Philip Dimitrov||Union of Democratic Forces||1990–1991|
|4||Aleksandar Lilov||Bulgarian Socialist Party||1991|
|5||Zhan Videnov||Bulgarian Socialist Party||1991–1992|
|(3)||Philip Dimitrov||Union of Democratic Forces||1992–1994|
|6||Ivan Kostov||Union of Democratic Forces||1994–1997|
|7||Georgi Parvanov||Bulgarian Socialist Party||1997–2001|
|8||Ekaterina Mihaylova||Union of Democratic Forces||2001–2002|
|9||Nadezhda Neynsky||Union of Democratic Forces||2002–2004[NB 1]|
|10||Sergei Stanishev||Bulgarian Socialist Party||2004–2005|
|(10)||Sergei Stanishev||Bulgarian Socialist Party||2009–2013|
|12||Boyko Borisov||Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria||2013–2014|
|13||Mihail Mikov||Bulgarian Socialist Party||2014–Present|
- In 2004, 29 UDF MPs led by Ivan Kostov left to form a new party, Democrats for a Strong Bulgaria. This lowered the number of seats of the UDF, thus making the Socialist Party the official opposition.
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