Stefan Yanev (general)

Stefan Yanev
Стефан Янев
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Prime Minister of Bulgaria
Assumed office
12 May 2021
President Rumen Radev
Preceded by Boyko Borisov
Minister of Defence
In office
27 January 2017 – 4 May 2017
Prime Minister Ognyan Gerdzhikov
Preceded by Nikolay Nenchev
Succeeded by Krasimir Karakachanov
Personal details
Стефан Динчев Янев
Stefan Dinchev Yanev

(1960-03-01) 1 March 1960 (age 61)
Popovitsa, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Nationality Bulgarian
Political party Independent
Military service
Allegiance  Bulgaria
Branch/service Bulgarian People's Army (until 1989)
Bulgarian Land Forces (1989–2014)
Years of service 1979–2014
Rank Brigadier general
Commands Artillery division

Stefan Dinchev Yanev (Bulgarian: Стефан Динчев Янев) is a Bulgarian Army officer and Brigade general who served as deputy prime minister and minister of defence from January to May 2017. He has currently served as caretaker Prime Minister of Bulgaria since 12 May 2021.[1][2][3]

Early life and military career

He was born on 1 March 1960 in the village of Popovitsa, near Sadovo in Plovdiv Province. In 1979, he graduated from the Technical High School of Electrical Engineering in Plovdiv. Yanev graduated from the artillery military school in Shumen (now a faculty of the Vasil Levski National Military University) and began building a career in the army in 1983, when he was appointed commander of an artillery platoon in Asenovgrad.[4]

He was a commander of rocket artillery division in the 4th Army Artillery Regiment in Asenovgrad (1993-1996). Between 1996 and 1998 he was a senior expert in the International Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Defense. He worked as an analysis officer at the PfP Coordination Group's Planning and Programming Department in Belgium (1998-2000). From 2000 to 2001 he was a senior assistant chief in the Strategic Planning Department of the General Staff of the Bulgarian Army. Between 2001 and 2002 he was a state expert in the Euro-Atlantic Integration Directorate in the Ministry of Defense.[5] Until 2004 he was head of a department in the Euro-Atlantic Integration Directorate in the Ministry of Defense.

High posts

He graduated from the National Defense University in Washington. From 2005 to 2007, he was Head of the Transformation Department at the NATO Counter-Terrorism Center in Ankara. From 2007-2010, he was the Director of the Defense Policy Directorate at the Ministry of Defense. On 1 July 2009, he was appointed Director of the Security and Defense Policy Directorate and awarded the rank of Brigadier General. On 3 May 2010 he was appointed Director of the Defense Policy Directorate, effective as of 25 May On 24 February 2011 he was relieved of his post, serving later as the military attaché to the United States.

On 2 May 2014, he became the head of the Vasil Levski National Military University. He was relieved on the ninth of the following month, as well as dismissed from military service, as of 9 June 2014.

Civilian career (2017–2021)

From 27 January to 4 May 2017 he was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence of the Republic of Bulgaria in the caretaker government of Ognyan Gerdzhikov, and subsequently Secretary of Security and Defence of President Rumen Radev.

Prime Minister (2021–present)

He was appointed to the post of Prime Minister of Bulgaria by President Rumen Radev on 12 May 2021, succeeding Boyko Borisov.

Military ranks

  • Lieutenant (1983)
  • Senior Lieutenant (1985)
  • Captain (1989)
  • Major (1994)
  • Lieutenant Colonel (1999)
  • Colonel (2004)
  • Brigadier General (2009)


Political offices
Preceded by Minister of Defence
Succeeded by
Preceded by Prime Minister of Bulgaria