Dimitar Iliev Popov, Bulgarian politician, Died at 88

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Dimitar Iliev Popov was born on June 26, 1927, and died on December 5, 2015.

He was a leading Bulgarian judge and the first Prime Minister of the country not to be a member of the Bulgarian Communist Party since 1946.

Dimitar, who did not have any party affiliation and was chosen for his perceived impartiality as a member of the judiciary, Dimitar was selected to head the new government after the resignation of Andrey Lukanov in December 1990 in the face of mass demonstrations and a general strike.

As Prime Minister, Dimitar oversaw the drafting of the new constitution as well as the second open elections.

Although overseeing the beginnings of the policy of privatization, Dimitar government was more of a caretaker administration.

Dimitar passed away at the age of 88 in 2015.

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