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Kimon Georgiev Stoyanov (Bulgarian: Кимон Георгиев Стоянов) (August 11, 1882 — September 28, 1969) was a Bulgarian general and prime minister.

In the 1930s he was a member of the right-wing military Zveno ('Link') movement. Together with fellow officers he committed a coup d'état in June 1934 and became prime minister. He abolished all political parties and trade unions. Influenced by the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini he introduced a corporative economic system. In 1935 Czar Boris III, an enemy of Zveno politics (because of their republicanism) committed a coup and Georgiev went into exile. Later he returned to Bulgaria, but was arrested and put in jail. Later he was released. During World War II, when Bulgaria was fighting on the side of the Axis, he joined the anti-Axis Fatherland Front (FF). In September 1944 the FF committed a coup d'état and Georgiev became prime minister (until 1946). In 1946 he was succeeded by the communist leader Georgi Dimitrov and became vice-premier and Foreign Minister. Though Zveno was disbanded in 1949, Georgiev continued holding ministerial posts in all the cabinets until 1962. From 1962 until his death in 1969 he was a member of the Parliament's presidium. Georgiev was twice awarded the title Hero of Socialist Labour.

He is known as "старият превратаджия" (the old coup-maker) in Bulgaria for organizing a total of 3 coups in 1923, 1935 and 1944.

Preceded by
Nikola Mushanov
Prime Minister of Bulgaria
May 19, 1934 — January 22, 1935
Succeeded by
Petаr Zlatev
Preceded by
Konstantin Muraviev
Prime Minister of Bulgaria
September 9, 1944 — November 22, 1946
Succeeded by
Georgi Dimitrov

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