Kiril Petkow (Politician)

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July 5, 2022

Kiril Petkov Petkov (Bulgarian Кирил Петков Петков; born April 17, 1980 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria) is a Bulgarian politician of the platform We continue the change (PP), economist and entrepreneur. He has been Prime Minister of Bulgaria since December 13, 2021. After a successful vote of no confidence on June 22, 2022, he only holds this position as an executive. He succeeded Stefan Janew in this post. In the provisional government of Yanev I, Petkov was Minister of Economy. Petkow has been a speaker at the innovation conference TED several times.

Life

Kiril Petkow was born in Plovdiv in 1980 as the son of a teacher couple. However, he spent his childhood in Sofia, where he studied at the seventh Sofia school. In 1994 his parents emigrated to Canada, where they settled in the city of Vancouver. Their son joined them after completing seventh grade. However, they continued to visit their home country every year. Petkow began studying chemistry and biology at the University of British Columbia, which he did not complete after three years of study. Studies at Harvard followed. There he earned his master's degree in business administration. He first worked for a Canadian company and later founded his own, which also holds patents in the USA. Later, together with Assen Wassilew, he introduced so-called Harvard courses at the Sofia University in Bulgaria. They will be chaired by the two, sharing their experiences and learning from their time at Harvard and continuing to teach them to students . A few days later he founded the political platform We continue the change, short PP (from Bulgarian Продължаваме промяната, ПП) with Assen Vasilev. They ran with her in the parliamentary elections in November 2021 in Bulgaria and immediately won 25.7% of the votes, making them the strongest force in parliament. Finally, on December 13, 2021, he was elected Prime Minister of a government of PP, BSP, ITN (There is such a people) and DB by the Narodno Sabranie by 134 votes in favor and 104 against. The dissenting votes came from the DPS and the Rebirth party, which is also new to parliament. After the short-term arrest of former Prime Minister Boyko Borissov on suspicion of corruption and his release shortly thereafter in March 2022, Petkov said there was no independent public prosecutor in Bulgaria. After the exit of his coalition partner ITN, there was a vote of no confidence in Petkov on June 22, 2022. 123 out of 240 MEPs voted in favour, narrowly winning.

Family

Petkov is married to Canadian Linda, with whom he has three children. They have lived in Sofia since 2008 and Linda Petkova runs a pastry shop there. In 2020, Petkova took part in the Bulgarian edition of the reality show MasterChef.

Cabinets

Government of Yanev I Petkov government

Web Links

Tobias Zick: The man who is supposed to get Bulgaria back on course. Süddeutsche Zeitung, accessed December 14, 2021.

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