Bulgaria’s ex-Communist ruler for 35 years Todor Zhivkov flanked by the future Prime Minister Boyko Borissov - 1996, Sofia.

A martial arts master, after a career in private security, Borissov moved to politics and served as mayor of the capital Sofia. A party he founded won a landslide parliamentary victory in July 2009.

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Fast forward 5 years: same job, new boss. Borissov providing security for the last King of Bulgaria, Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. Spring 2001, Plovdiv.

Simeon II returned to power as PM after the party he founded won a landslide victory only a few weeks later.

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