Bulgaria's first democratically-elected president Zhelev dies

January 30, 2015 8:50 AM

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SOFIA (Reuters) - Zhelyu Zhelev, a dissident who served as the first non-Communist president of Bulgaria from 1990 to 1997, has died at the age of 79, the parliament speaker said on Friday.

"Zhelev's contribution to the democratic progress and the European path of Bulgaria will always be remembered and honored by society," Tsetska Tsacheva told the parliament, adding the lawmakers will observe a minute silence for Zhelev.

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