For the first time since World War II, Bulgaria installed a non-communist government following two weeks of negotiations between Prime Minister Dimiter Popov and the nation's leading political forces.

The Grand National Assembly, or parliament, approved the new Cabinet by secret ballot Thursday following a marathon session.It was the third government to come to power this year. The previous ones were headed by Prime Minister Andrei Lukanov of the Socialist Party, the renamed Communists who had retained monopoly rule with their satellite party, the Agrarian Party, for more than 40 years.

Popov's Cabinet was formed following 12 days of tense negotiations with Bulgaria's leading political movements which resulted in an agreement to call it a "national government of the peaceful transition to democracy."