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Simeon II,


Simeon Borisov Sakskoburggotski,


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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What really killed Bulgariaas King Boris III in the midst of WWII, CNNas Christiane Amanpour asksA his son Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha in an interview.
He ascended to the throne as a child in 1943, was forced into exile by the communists three years later, but ran as Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha and was elected prime minister of his country for two terms beginning in 2001.
Head of Government: Chairman of the Council of Ministers (Prime Minister) Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (since July 2001) Nominated by the President
WASHINGTON, March 21 /PRNewswire/ -- President Bush will welcome Bulgarian Prime Minister Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Washington on April 23, 2002.
Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha and his sister Maria-Louisa have lost the case for the Sitnyakovo royal residence at the court of second instance, according to a media statement of the Sofia Appellate Court.
The Silent Angel will feature interviews with his family, relatives, and friends, but also with Bulgaria's last King and former Prime Minister Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.
In an interview with the Bulgarian National Television, Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha has dismissed any likelihood of him returning to the political field, adding his role was to seek other ways of contribution to the Bulgarian society.
After the service, the Order of Saint Tsar Boris the Baptiser will be awarded to Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and Bulgaria's last King and former Prime Minister Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.
jpg" alt="The National Guards carrying NATO's flag in front of the Bulgarian Presidency in Sofia, April 04, 2015" width="650" height="533" />Bulgaria joined NATO on March 29, 2004, under the government of Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Bulgaria's last monarch.
Among political bearers of the order are President (2002-2012), former PM Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha and Russia's head of state Vladimir Putin.
Meanwhile, Mehmed Dikme, former Agriculture Minister in the government of Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, announced in a Monday interview for Nova TV that a fraud scheme in the sector drained the state budget of BGN 40 M a year.
He was referring to any form of government including the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) and right-wing Democrats for Strong Bulgaria (DSB), with the former two having formed a "tripartite" coalition with the entity of Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha between 2005 and 2009.