Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Rosen Plevneliev

Rosen Asenov Plevneliev (Bulgarian: Росен Асенов Плевнелиев; born 14 May 1964) has been President of Bulgaria since January 2012. He was Minister of Regional Development and Public Works from July 2009 to September 2011 as part of the cabinet of Boyko Borisov. In October 2011, Plevneliev was elected as President in a second round of voting; he was inaugurated on 18 January 2012.

Born in Gotse Delchev, Rosen Plevneliev studied at Blagoevgrad Mathematical and Natural Sciencies High School, from which he graduated in 1982. In 1989 he graduated from the Higher Mechanical-Electrotechnical Institute, Sofia, and in the same year become a fellow at the Institute for Microprocessing Technology, Pravets. In 1990 he started a private building company in Bulgaria. Among other projects, the company built the Sofia Business Park.

He is married and has three sons: Filip, Asen and Pavel.

Political career
Plevneliev became Minister of Regional Development and Public Works under Prime Minister Borisov on 27 July 2009.

He was announced as GERB's candidate for President of Bulgaria on 4 September 2011. He subsequently won the presidential election in a second round held on 30 October 2011, with a majority of 52,58. He defeated Ivaylo Kalfin from the Bulgarian Socialist Party in the second round.

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