Yordanka Fandakova

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Yordanka Fandakova
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62nd Mayor of Sofia
In office
November 23, 2009 – October 6, 2011
Preceded by Boyko Borisov
Succeeded by Maria Boyadzhiyska (acting)
64th Mayor of Sofia
Assumed office
November 8, 2011
Preceded by Maria Boyadzhiyska (acting)
Minister of Education and Science
In office
July 27, 2009 – November 19, 2009
Prime Minister Boyko Borisov
Preceded by Daniel Valchev
Succeeded by Sergei Ignatov
Personal details
Born (1962-04-12) 12 April 1962 (age 56)
Samokov, Bulgaria
Political party GERB
Alma mater Sofia University

Yordanka Asenova Fandakova (Bulgarian: Йорданка Асенова Фандъкова) is a Bulgarian politician and Mayor of Sofia. She is the first woman to hold this position. She was elected on 15 November 2009, after defeating the Bulgarian Socialist Party contender Georgi Kadiev. Fandakova is a member of the conservative GERB party.

Fandakova was born on 12 April 1962 in Samokov. She graduated the 35th Russian Language School in Sofia and the University of Sofia, majoring in Russian Studies. She is married and has a daughter.

Fandakova was a teacher (from 1985) and head teacher (since 1998) at the 73rd secondary school for foreign languages "Vladislav Gramatik" in Sofia. She became Deputy Mayor of Sofia Municipality of Culture, Education, Sports and Prevention of Abuse in 2007.

Fandakova was elected Member of Parliament for GERB in the National Assembly in the Bulgarian parliamentary election, 2009 and was made Minister of Education, Youth and Science.

In October Fandakova took a leave because of campaign-trail [1] for mayor elections in Sofia and was substituted by Sergei Ignatov, Deputy Minister of Education and Science [2] who after she won election was appointed as the new Minister of Education and Science.

On 15 November 2009, she was elected as mayor of Sofia. Fandakova received 66.23% of the vote in the elections held on 15 November 2009. The Socialist Party contender Georgi Kadiev received 27.71%, with a turnout of 23.17%.[3]


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