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Pencho Ivanov Zlatev (Bulgarian: Пенчо Иванов Златев), also known as Petko Ivanov Zlatev (Bulgarian: Петко Иванов Златев) (2 November 1881 – 24 July 1948) was a Bulgarian general and politician in the years before the Second World War.

The Inspector-General of the Cavalry, Zlatev was also a member of the Military League, a right-wing group that had close links to Zveno. Following the 1934 coup by this movement Zlatev became Minister of Defence, although as a staunch monarchist he became wary of the growing republican sentiments that were being expressed by some members of the new regime.[1 ] As a result Tsar Boris III orchestrated a counter-coup against the new regime and placed Zlatev in as Prime Minister on 22 January 1935. Zlatev, who was only intended as a strong military presence in the immediate aftermath of the coup, was quickly replaced once Boris' control was assured, whilst the decision to imprison Kimon Georgiev and Aleksandar Tsankov also weakened Zlatev's position.[1 ]

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  1. ^ a b S.G. Evans, A Short History of Bulgaria, London, Lawrence and Wishart, 1960, p. 173
Preceded by
Kimon Georgiev
Prime Minister of Bulgaria
Succeeded by
Andrey Toshev


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