Bulgaria’s Cabinet has recommended to President Rossen Plevneliev the replacement of 16 ambassadors, with four of the nominees coming from Plevneliev’s office.
The terms in office of several ambassadors expire in 2016, including some whose terms have been extended repeatedly.
Deyana Marinova, who is the President’s secretary for social policy, youth and sport and who was deputy prime minister and social policy minister in the Raykov caretaker cabinet in 2013, has been nominated to become Bulgaria’s permanent representative to the UN office in Geneva, replacing Ivan Piperkov.
Martin Ivanov, who was culture minister in the Bliznashki caretaker cabinet in 2014, was head of the Archives State Agency in 2011/13 and is the President’s secretary for culture, education and national identity, has been nominated as Bulgarian ambassador to Finland and Estonia, to replace Lyubomir Todorov.
Yordanka Chobanova, the President’s adviser on European affairs and who was deputy regional development minister in the 2014 caretaker cabinet, has been nominated to become Bulgarian ambassador to Slovakia, replacing Margarita Ganeva.
Ivan Kondov, director of protocol in the President’s office, has been nominated to replace Kostadin Kodzhabashev as ambassador to Spain.
Desislava Ivanova-Kozleva, who was in the political cabinet of deputy prime minister Meglena Plugchieva in 2009, is to replace Plamen Bonchev as Bulgaria’s ambassador to Georgia.
Krassimir Stefanov, the former head of the inspectorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has been nominated by the Cabinet to replace Katya Deleva as Bulgarian ambassador to South Africa.
Deputy Foreign Minister Roumen Alexandrov has been named as the replacement for General Nikola Kolev (former chief of staff to former president Georgi Purvanov) as ambassador to the Netherlands.
Vasilii Takev, currently Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has been nominated to replace Todor Stoyanov as Bulgaria’s ambassador to Portugal.
Radko Vlaikov, spokeperson for the Foreign Ministry at the time of the 1997/2001 Nadezhda Mihailova ministry, is to replace Angel Dimitrov as Bulgaria’s ambassador to Serbia.
Avgustina Tsvetkova, formerly deputy minister of defence in the first Boiko Borissov government and an adviser to current Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov, has been nominated as Bulgaria’s ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, to replace Angel Angelov.
Uliana Bogdanski has been nominated to replace Bisserka Benisheva in Hungary, Valentin Modev to replace Hristo Gudzhev in Mexico, Andrei Tehov to replace Maxim Gaitandzhiev in Argentina, former ambassador to Yemen Boris Borissov to replace Alexander Olszewski in Kuwait.
Todor Churov, former ambassador to Nato and twice deputy interior minister, has been nominated to replace Alexander Filipov as Bulgaria’s ambassador to Romania. Churov was deputy foreign minister in the Bulgarian Socialist Party-led tripartite coalition government of 2005/09 and at the time of the 2013/14 “Oresharski” cabinet.
Borislav Kostov, a former ambassador to India, has been nominated as ambassador to Japan, to replace Georgi Vassilev.
(Photo: Clive Leviev-Sawyer)