Sofia Mayor Fandakova, PES Chief Stanishev Win "Personality in the News" 2012 Vote

Society | January 22, 2013, Tuesday // 13:19|  views

Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova (left) received the "2012 Personality in the News" in Politics award of the readers of (Sofia News Agency) from Novinite editor-in-chief Ivan Dikov. Photo by M3 Communications Group, Inc

Sofia Mayor Fandakova and the chairman of the Party of European Socialists Sergey Stanishev have been elected by you, the readers of (Sofia News Agency) and, as Bulgaria's "Personality in the News" 2012 in Politics!

The readers of (Sofia News Agency) and had the chance to selected from among fifteen nominees in an independent online vote in three categories – Politics, Business, and Diplomacy ("Ambassador of the Year") in the last weeks of December 2012 and the first weeks of January 2013.

The Personality in the News poll was held for a 12th year in a row, since the founding of (Sofia News Agency), now Bulgaria's largest English-language media, back in 2001. More than 5 300 readers from around the world participated in the 2012 vote.

The readers of (Sofia News Agency) picked ABB Bulgaria Country Manager Peter Simon as Bulgaria's "Personality in the News" 2012 in "Business".

The readers of selected Happy Bar & Grill Restaurants General Manager Orlin Popov as Bulgaria's "Personality in the News" 2012 in "Business".

The vote was especially contested in the third category for "Diplomacy" where our readers had to pick the most successful foreign ambassador in Bulgaria – or the "Ambassador of the Year".

The readers of (Sofia News Agency) ultimately picked Netherlands Ambassador Karel Van Kesteren in a very close race.

The readers of picked Turkey's Ambassador Ismail Aramaz in a vote that also had very close results.

The winners in the polls of (Sofia News Agency) and were announced and awarded at a special ceremony in the Sofia City Art Gallery in the Bulgarian capital on Tuesday, January 22, 2012.

The awards in "Politics" were presented by (Sofia News Agency) and editor-in-chief Ivan Dikov, the awards in "Business" were presented by Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chair Tsvetan Simeonov, and the awards for "Ambassador of the Year" were presented by (Sofia News Agency) and Publisher Maxim Behar.

Past winners in Novinite's annual "Personality in the News" polls include UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, EU Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva, CNN anchor Ralitsa Vassileva, ex Foreign Minister Solomon Passy, musician Teodosii Spasov. Ex EU Commissioner Meglena Kuneva has won the title three times – in 2004, 2008, and 2011. (Sofia News Agency) is the largest Bulgarian media in English. is a Bulgarian-language news portal founded in 2011.

On January 7, 2013, the Novinite group launched – a Bulgarian news portal in Russian.

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Tags: Personalities and Events of the Year, Personality in the News, Yordanka Fandakova, Sofia Mayor, Sergey Stanishev, Karel van Kesteren, Dutch Ambassador, Ismail Aramaz, Turkish Ambassador, Peter Simon, ABB


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