Four of Bulgaria's Presidents Presented the Monument of Bulgaria's First Democratically Elected President

Yesterday (November 7th) the President of the Bulgarian Republic, Rumen Radev alongside his predecessors - Presidents Stoyanov, Parvanov and Plevneliev presented a memorial plate of the country's first democratically elected president - Dr. Zhelyu Zhelev. The plate is on the side of Zhelev's birth home in the small village of Veselinovo. 

"Dr. Zhelev left us 2 years ago. Life was not easy on him. He was constantly criticized by his opponents, he endured the betrayal of his own. Nonetheless, Zhelev remained a "man of the people" in times when many were ashamed of those words and were quick to judge," said President Radev in his speech. Zhelev was the first democratically elected President of the Republic. He had only one term between January 22nd, 1992 and January 22nd, 1997. He lived a life in exile after the release of his book called "The Fascism" where he engages in a critical review of the dictatorships in Fascist Italy, Nazi Germany and Franko's Spain. Although not directly the book presented obvious similarities between dictatorships and Bulgaria's political system under the socialist rule. 

Vasil Manev

Vasil Manev is a student in Computer Science and an aspiring columnist, studying in Heidelberg, Germany.

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