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Kimon Georgiev

Kimon Georgiev Stoyanov
Кимон Георгиев Стоянов
24th Prime Minister of Bulgaria
In office
19 May 1934 – 22 January 1935
Monarch Boris III
Preceded by Nikola Mushanov
Succeeded by Pencho Zlatev
In office
9 September 1944 – 22 November 1946
Monarch Simeon II (1944-1946)
President Vasil Kolarov (1946)
Preceded by Konstantin Muraviev
Succeeded by Georgi Dimitrov
Personal details
Born (1882-08-11)11 August 1882
Pazardzhik, Eastern Rumelia (today Bulgaria)
Died 28 September 1969(1969-09-28) (aged 87)
Sofia, Bulgaria
Nationality Bulgarian
Political party Democratic Alliance, Zveno, Fatherland Front
Spouse(s) Veska Rodeva
Military service
Service/branch Bulgarian Army
Years of service 1902 - 1935
Rank Colonel General

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

Life and career

Born in 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 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 became again prime

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