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Todor Zhivkov
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General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Bulgarian Communist Party
In office
March 4, 1954 – November 10, 1989
Preceded by Valko Chervenkov
Succeeded by Petar Mladenov
1st Chairman of the State Council
In office
7 July 1971 – 17 November 1989
Preceded by Georgi Traykov (as Chairman of the Presidium of the National Assembly)
Succeeded by Petar Mladenov
36th Prime Minister of Bulgaria
In office
19 November 1962 – 7 July 1971
Preceded by Anton Yugov
Succeeded by Stanko Todorov
Personal details
Born (1911-09-07)7 September 1911
Pravets, Kingdom of Bulgaria
Died 5 August 1998(1998-08-05) (aged 86)
Sofia, Bulgaria
Nationality Bulgarian
Political party Bulgarian Communist Party (1932-1990) Independent (1990-1998)
Spouse(s) Mara Maleeva
Children Lyudmila (1942-1981)
Vladimir (1952-)

Todor Hristov Zhivkov was the communist head of state of the People's Republic of Bulgaria (PRB) from March 4, 1954 until November 10, 1989.

Zhivkov was the longest-serving leader of any Eastern Bloc nation. He is one of the longest ruling non-royal leaders in history.

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