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Vice president of Bulgaria speaks to students

Loyola press release - October 12, 2000

Todor Kavaldjiev, the vice president of Bulgaria, will meet with Loyola students and faculty for a brief talk on "The Building of Democracy in Bulgaria" on Thursday, October 19, at 4 p.m. in Bobet 332. Later that day, University President Bernard P. Knoth, S.J., will present Kavaldjiev with the Presidentís Medal at 5:30 p.m. during a Professorial Investiture ceremony in the Audubon Room.

Born in the village of Glavan in Bulgaria, Todor Kavaldjiev grew up in a Communist society. Early on, he reorganized the controversial Agrarian Union Party in opposition of the Communist regime. His political activities resulted in his being sentenced to an 11-year prison term at 18, imprisonment in concentration camps, exile, and harassment from the government. Kavaldjiev continued his struggle against the "trampling of the rights of the Turkish minority in Bulgaria" despite the governmentís attempts to silence him.

When released from imprisonment, he went on to get his masterís degree in economics from the University of Svishtov. When communism began to crumble, Kavaldjiev was elected to Parliament in the free elections in 1990. He served as the secretary of the Standing Committee from 1992 to 1996 and then became vice president in 1996. After winning on the United Democratic Forces ticket, he now dedicates his vice presidency to equal rights for the Bulgarian minority, policies against corruption and crime, and ecological damage.