Bulgaria Former PM, Longtime Girlfriend Break upSociety | September 9, 2009, Wednesday // 19:11| views
The enamoured looks that Elena and Sergey could often be seen exchanging are already a thing of the past. Photo by Sofia Photo Agency
Elena Yoncheva, the long-beloved girlfriend of former Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev, has announced their break-up under the pressure of the public eye.
"Sergey will always remain my best friend," Elena Yoncheva, a popular, respected and very charming journalist, told bTV channel on Wednesday, confirming earlier split rumours.
Answering the numerous questions of the audience, Yoncheva said she has not been doing investigative documentaries for the last eight years to avert conflict of interest allegations due to her personal relationship with Stanishev, who is also leader of the Bulgarian Socialist Party.
"I felt a more free person in Somalia, than I do in Bulgaria," said the top journalist, who recently returned from the African country after shooting a film about the lives of the Somali pirates.
Elena Yoncheva has been a long-year journalist at the Bulgarian National Television. She was the only Bulgarian journalist to cover the war in Iraq. For her documentary Yoncheva and operator Oleg Popov were bestowed high-military awards in January 2004.
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