Boyko Borisov Bulgarian PM – BALKAN NEWS MAGAZINE


Boyko Metodiev Borisov (Bulgarian: Бойко Методиев Борисов, IPA: [ˈbɔjko mɛˈtɔdiɛf boˈrisof]; born 13 June 1959) is a Bulgarian politician who has been the Prime Minister of Bulgaria since 4 May 2017. He had previously held the post of Prime Minister on two separate occasions, from 2009 until 2013 and from 2014 until January 2017. He was also the Mayor of Sofia from 2005 to 2009.

Borisov was born in 1959 in Bankya (then a village, today a town that is part of greater Sofia) to the Ministry of Internal Affairs official Metodi Borisov and elementary school teacher Veneta Borisova. In 1977, Borisov graduated from Bankya’s high school with excellent marks.[2] Between 1982 and 1990, he assumed different positions in the Ministry of Internal Affairs as a firefighter and later as a professor at the Police Academy in Sofia.[3] As a National Security Office member, Borisov took part in the protection of crops and haylofts during the name-changing campaign towards ethnic Turks in the 1980s.[4] From 1985 to 1990, Borisov was a lecturer at the Higher Institute for Police Officers Training and Scientific Research of the Ministry of Interior. He received a PhD for his dissertation, thesis “Psycho-Physical Training of the Operational Staff”.[5]

Borisov quit the Ministry in 1990. In 1991, he founded a private security company, Ipon-1, and later guarded statesmen such as Todor Zhivkov and Simeon II. Borisov has been claiming participation in karate championships since 1978, serving as the coach of the Bulgarian national team and a referee of international matches. He said to Obama that he has a 7th Dan black belt in karate, but his couch argued that this is not true claiming that Borisov has never been even a karate competitor, but only an administrator of the team.[6][7] He is the chairman of the Bulgarian Karate Federation. Borisov has also been a coach for the Bulgarian national karate team for many years.

Borisov is divorced, but for a number of years lived with Tsvetelina Borislavova, head of Bulgarian American Credit Bank. Borisov has a daughter, Veneta, from his former marriage to the physician Stella. Borisova also has a sister, Krasimira Ivanova. Borisova great-grandfather was executed in the wake of the Bulgarian coup d’état of 1944.[8]