Yordanka Fandakova First Woman Mayor of Bulgarian Capital Sofia

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Bulgaria: Yordanka Fandakova First Woman Mayor of Bulgarian Capital Sofia Fandakova is the 61st Mayor of the Bulgarian capital Sofia since 1878, and the first woman to occupy that position. Photo by BGNES

With her landslide election Sunday, Yordanka Fandakova has become the first woman Mayor of the capital Sofia in the country's history.

Fandakova, a candidate of the ruling GERB party vigorously endorsed by popular Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, has become the 61st Mayor of the capital Sofia. All sixty mayors before her since the Sofia Mayor position was established in 1878 have been men.

Five of those men have come to rise from Sofia Mayor to the highest position in the country - Prime Minister.

Those include Bulgaria's communist dictator Todor Zhikov, who was Sofia Mayor in 1949, and then state and party leader in 1954-1989; Stefan Sofiyanski, who was Sofia Mayor in 1995-2005, and Prime Minister for a brief period in an interim government in 1997; and Fandakova’s predecessor, Boyko Borisov, who was Sofia Mayor in 2005-2009, and became Prime Minister in July 2009.

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