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President Petar Mladenov of Bulgaria
resigned on 6 July 1990, apparently in response to demands from the
opposition, striking students and his own ruling Bulgarian
Socialist Party. (RFE/RL, 6 July, p. 48). The Economist
reports that his resignation was brought about by his casual remark
on bringing in the tanks during an anti-government demonstration in
December 1989. ("Tanks", p. 49).
On 1 August, Parliament elected the leader
of the Union of Democratic Forces, Zhelyu Zhelev, to the
presidency. The UDF, a coalition of 15 parties, is the main
opposition force. Mr. Zhelev is the first non-Communist president
in four decades. (NYT, 2 August).
RFE/RL "Weekly Record of Events, 6 - 12 July 1990", Report on
Eastern Europe , 20 July 1990.