Angel Dzhambazki

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Angel Dzhambazki
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Personal details
Born (1979-03-21) 21 March 1979 (age 40)
Sofia, Bulgaria
NationalityBulgarian
ProfessionPolitician

Angel Chavdarov Dzhambazki (family name sometimes also transliterated as Djambazki) (Bulgarian: Ангел Чавдаров Джамбазки), (born 21 March 1979, in Sofia) is a Bulgarian politician and currently a member of the European Parliament.[1] He is also the vice-chairman of the IMRO,[2] having joined the nationalist party in 1997 and gradually progressed through its ranks.[3]

Biography[edit]

Dzhambazki is a graduate of Sofia University, where he specialized in legal studies.[3]

He was a member of the Sofia city council between 2007 and 2014 after first being elected on the ticket of GERB, though making use of the quota for citizens,[4] and then securing a seat in October 2011 as a candidate of IMRO.[5]

In November 2013, the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee notified chief prosecutor of Bulgaria Sotir Tsatsarov in relation to comments made by Dzhambazki, other IMRO members and football fans during an anti-immigrant procession in Sofia. Dzhambazki has criticized the non-governmental organization for being Bulgarophobic.[6] He has also expressed negative views towards the MRF's role in Bulgarian politics.[7]

In May 2014, Dzhambazki was elected to the European Parliament as a member of the Bulgaria Without Censorship - IMRO electoral coalition.[8] In 2016 and 2017 Dzhambazki has been accused of racist, xenophobic and homophobic comments.[9][10]

He was reelected to the European Parliament on his party's own list in the 2019 European Parliament election.

In September 2019, he announced his candidacy for Mayor of Sofia, Bulgaria's capital and largest city, during Bulgaria's 2019 local elections. He focused his campaign on dismantling ghettos inhabited primarily by Bulgaria's romani minority, as well as banning the annual Sofia Pride gay parade as part of what he described as a 'law and order' campaign.[11][12] He came under criticism from his former coalition partner Volen Siderov, as he refused to resign his seat on the European Parliament as he stood for election as Mayor of Sofia.[13] He came in fifth with 3.90% of the vote.[14]

In addition to his native Bulgarian, Dzhambazki also speaks English, German and Russian.[3] Among his hobbies is mountaineering.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "И Джамбазки бе приет при европейските консерватори". mediapool.bg. 2014-06-25. Retrieved 2014-09-20.
  2. ^ "Шилото Джамбазки". standartnews.com. 2013-11-08. Retrieved 2014-09-20.
  3. ^ a b c "Профил на Ангел Джамбазки" (in Bulgarian). omda.bg. 2014. Retrieved 2014-09-20.
  4. ^ "Капка Сидерова съветник, ГЕРБ с пълно мнозинство". Столичен общински виртуален пресцентър (Sofia municipality virtual presscenter). 2011-10-26. Archived from the original on 2014-10-19. Retrieved 2014-09-20.
  5. ^ "Ангел Джамбазки, зам.-председател на ВМРО, ексклузивно пред Топ ПРЕСА". toppresa.com. 2015-05-02. Retrieved 2015-06-10.
  6. ^ "БХК като инструмент за унищожението на нацията". IMRO official website. 2014-01-07. Retrieved 2015-04-05.
  7. ^ "Ангел Джамбазки: ДПС и част от Реформаторския блок обслужват турски интереси". politikata.net. 2014-05-09. Retrieved 2015-06-10.
  8. ^ "Представяне на основните кандидати за евродепутати 2014-2019 г." (PDF). novabulgaria.eu (p.12). May 2014. Retrieved 2015-06-10.
  9. ^ "ECR group MEP accused of racist, xenophobic and homophobic comments | The Parliament Magazine". www.theparliamentmagazine.eu. Retrieved 2017-07-18.
  10. ^ "Bulgarian MEP Accused of Hate Speech Against Roma :: Balkan Insight". www.balkaninsight.com. Retrieved 2017-07-18.
  11. ^ "Джамбазки: Ред и сигурност в София, без гета и гей паради". Fakti.bg - Да извадим фактите наяве. Retrieved 2019-10-21.
  12. ^ "Джамбазки отговори на Сидеров и даде съвет". Vesti.bg (in Bulgarian). Retrieved 2019-10-21.
  13. ^ "Волен Сидеров, лидер на "Атака" и кандидат за кмет на София: Подадох оставка от НС! И Джамбазки да напусне ЕП, иначе мами избирателите". www.24chasa.bg. Retrieved 2019-10-31.
  14. ^ "Резултати :: Местни избори 27 октомври 2019". results.cik.bg. Retrieved 2019-10-31.
  15. ^ "Какъв е Ангел Джамбазки отвъд политическия образ". News7. 2014-05-27. Retrieved 2015-04-05.

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