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Sakskoburggotski Government

Sakskoburggotski Government

85 Cabinet of Bulgaria
Date formed 24 July 2001
Date dissolved 17 August 2005
People and organisations
Head of government Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
Deputy head of government
Head of state Petar Stoyanov (2001- 22 January 2002)
Georgi Parvanov (22 January 2002 - 2005)
Member parties National Movement Simeon II
Movement for Rights and Freedoms
New Time (2005)
Status in legislature Coalition Government
Election(s) 2001
Legislature term(s) 39th National Assembly
Outgoing formation Electoral Defeat (2005)
Previous Kostov Government
Successor Stanishev Government

The eighty-fifth cabinet of Bulgaria also known as the Tsar's cabinet ruled from July 24, 2001 to August 17, 2005. Although the National Movement Simeon II won half the seats in the 2001 parliamentary election, and therefore could have probably governed alone, a cabinet was formed as a coalition between the winners and the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (141 seats out of 240). Although not formally in a coalition with the Tsar's party, the Bulgarian Socialist Party held two cabinet posts. Their members sat as independents.


  • Cabinet 1
    • Original Composition 1.1
    • Changes on December 22, 2001 1.2
    • Changes on May 29, 2002 1.3
    • Changes on October 11, 2002 1.4
    • Changes on December 18, 2002 1.5
    • Changes on July 17, 2003 1.6
    • Changes on February 23, 2005 1.7
  • External Links 2
  • References 3


Original Composition

Note: the two independents are functionaries of the Bulgarian Socialist Party.

Changes on December 22, 2001

The government agency on Energy and Energy Resources is transformed into a ministry. Milko Kovachev (NDSV) is appointed its minister.

Changes on May 29, 2002

Bulgaria's Chief Negotiator with the European Union, Meglena Kuneva, is given a cabinet post: the Ministry of European Affairs.

Changes on October 11, 2002

The government agency on Youth and Sport is transformed into a ministry. Vasil Ivanov-Luchano (NDSV) is appointed its minister.

Changes on December 18, 2002

Kostadin Paskalev is removed from cabinet. Valentin Tserovski succeeds him as Minister of Regional Development and Public Works only (he does not become deputy Prime Minister).

Changes on July 17, 2003

On July 17 parliament approved a major cabinet reshuffle. The move was to "optimiz[e] the government's work" according to foreign minister Solomon Passy.[2] The move was announced against the backdrop of sliding approval ratings.

  • Plamen Panaiotov (NDSV) is appointed deputy Prime Minister in charge of euro integration.[2]
  • Plamen Petrov is dismissed from cabinet.
  • Nikolai Vasilev, keeping his position as deputy PM, moves to the Ministry of Transportation and Communications.
  • Lydia Shuleva, also retaining her position as deputy PM, moves to the Ministry of Economy.
  • Hristina Hristova (NDSV), former deputy, takes the head of the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy.
  • Bozhidar Finkov and Vladimir Atanasov are dismissed from their cabinet posts (Health and Education) for failing to live up to the people's expectations. They are replaced by their deputies Slavcho Bogoev (NDSV) and Igor Damyanov (NDSV) respectively.[3]

Changes on February 23, 2005

On March 10, 2004 eleven MPs from the NDSV left to form a new political party: New Time. This left the NDSV with a minority. To fix the problem the NDSV-DPS coalition signed an agreement with New Time to keep the government in power until the elections in June. As part of the deal Miroslav Sevlievski (New Time) became Minister of Energy and Energy Resources.

  • Lidia Shuleva is removed from cabinet so Milko Kovachev, formerly Minister of Energy and Energy Resources, can succeed her as Minister of Economy.[4]
  • Mekhmed Dikme is dismissed from his post as Agriculture Minister and succeeded by his deputy Nihat Kabil (DPS).[4]
  • Bozhidar Abrashev is dismissed from his post as Minister of Culture. The government agency on tourism is added to the ministry; and the portfolio is taken up by Nina Chilova (NDSV).[4]

External Links

Original Composition of the Cabinet


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