Zhelyu Mitev Zhelev (Bulgarian: Желю Митев Желев; 3 March 1935 – 30 January 2015) was a Bulgarian politician, philosopher, writer, and dissident. He served as the second President of Bulgaria from 1 August 1990 to 22 January 1997. He was the first non-communist to hold office.
|2nd President of Bulgaria|
1 August 1990 – 22 January 1997
|Prime Minister||Andrey Lukanov|
Reneta Indzhova (acting)
|Vice President||Atanas Semerdzhiev (1 August 1990 – 22 January 1992)|
Blaga Dimitrova (22 January 1992 – 6 July 1993)
|Preceded by||Nikolai Todorov (acting)|
|Succeeded by||Petar Stoyanov|
|Chairman of the Union of Democratic Forces|
1989 - 1990
|Preceded by||Office Established|
|Succeeded by||Petar Beron|
Zhelyu Mitev Zhelev
3 March 1935
|Died||30 January 2015 (aged 79)|
|Political party||Union of Democratic Forces|
Zhelev was born in Smyadovo. He was married to Maria Zheleva and had two children.
- "Bulgaria's first democratically-elected president Zhelev dies". Reuters. 30 January 2015. Archived from the original on 30 January 2015. Retrieved 30 January 2015.