Bulgarian Queen Mother dies in exile in Portugal

SOFIA, Feb 28, 2000 -- (AFP) Bulgaria's queen mother, Yoanna, died on Saturday at the age of 92 in exile in Portugal, the office of the royal family announced in Sofia.

"Her compatriots will remember her humanity and her devotion to people's needs," wrote President Petar Stoyanov in a condolence telegram sent to the royal family on Sunday.

The royal family was expelled from Bulgaria by the communist authorities in 1946 when the republic was declared.

Yoanna's son, Simeon II, was crowned king at six years old in 1943 and is still calling for the monarchy to be reinstated.

The ruling anti-communist coalition, United Democratic Forces, has rejected the calls.

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