Simeon II

Simeon II,

 

Simeon Borisov Sakskoburggotski,

or

Simeon Borisov Saxe-Coburg-Gotha,

1937–, czar (1943–46) and premier (2001–5) of Bulgaria. He succeeded his father, Boris IIIBoris III,
1894–1943, czar of Bulgaria (1918–43), son of Czar Ferdinand, on whose abdication he succeeded to the throne. He ruled constitutionally until 1934, then set up a military dictatorship under his premier, Kimon Georgiev, and in 1935 began his personal
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, under a regency. After the occupation (1944) of Bulgaria by Russian forces he remained nominal ruler under a new council of regents. In 1946 a plebiscite abolished the monarchy, and Simeon went into exile in Spain. He visited Bulgaria several times after 1996. Returning home in Apr., 2001, he founded a political party that won half the parliamentary seats in June, 2001, and he became Bulgaria's premier. As premier he has instituted economic reforms and worked to secure Bulgaria's admission into NATO and the European Union. Losses in the 2005 elections forced his resignation and led his party to become a junior partner in a coalition with the Socialists; he resigned as party leader in 2009 after the party failed to win any parliamentary seats.
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He returned to Bulgaria in 2001 and founded a liberal political party called National Movement Simeon II, later renamed to National Movement for Stability and Prosperity, which won the general election held the same year.
Speakers include former Prime Minister of Bulgaria, King Simeon II, Chairman of the Australian Export Tourism Council, John King, Director of Industry Relations at Trip Advisor, Helena Egan, Senior Vice President of Seabourn, John Delaney and award-winning author and former correspondent for the New York Times, Elizabeth Becker.
Speakers include former Bulgarian prime minister King Simeon II, Australian Export Tourism Council chairman John King, TripAdvisor director of industry relations Helena Egan, Seabourn senior vice-president John Delaney and award-winning author and former correspondent for New York Times Elizabeth Becker.
Since the hyperinflation of 1997, the country has been governed from the right, by the Union of Democratic Forces; from the left, by the Bulgarian Socialist Party; from above, by the king-turned-prime minister Simeon II of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha; and from below, by Boyko Borisov, the former head of Simeon's security detail.
Kate seemed to be enjoying the encounter and was all smiles when she later met King Simeon II and Queen Margarita of Bulgaria.
King of Bulgarians In 1946 Tsar Simeon II went into exile but in 2001 was elected PM.
It tells the tale of Simeon II, who was declared Tsar of Bulgaria at the age of six, but who was ousted and banished aged nine by the Communist dictatorship, only to return triumphantly 5 years later in 2001 as Prime Minister.
The deal had caused friction in the ruling coalition between the National Movement Simeon II of prime minister Simeon Saxe-Coburg and minority partner Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF).
King Simeon II assumed control of the throne in 1943 at the age of six following the death of his father Boris III.
One day I had a visit from a gentleman who introduced himself as Head of Household to His Majesty King Simeon II of Bulgaria, who needed a visa to visit the United States.
The coalition between the Simeon II National Movement (SNM) and the mainly ethnic Turkish Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) is unpopular and suffers from serious internal divisions.
Bulgaria's June election resulted in a victory for the country's deposed king, Simeon II.