Ahmed Dogan, today survived an extraordinary assassination attempt when a man stormed the stage and held a gun to his head as he was giving a speech at a conference in capital, Sofia.
Fortunately for the politician and leader of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms, the weapon misfired giving him time to react and hit the would-be assassins hand out of the way. Before he can attempt a second shot the unidentified suspect is tackled to the ground by security guards and delegates attending the conference.
Television footage showed the man jumping out of the audience and interrupting a speech by 58-year-old Dogan, who has led the party for almost a quarter of a century.
In a split second, he raises the gun to Mr Dogan's head but it appears to misfire. The politician then knocks the gun away and falls to the floor as he attempts to flee.
Security guards and delegates rush onto the stage where they wrestle the attacker to the ground. A separate group surrounds a shocked Mr Dogan in a protective shield.
Politicians then appear from the audience and begin raining blows on the suspect as he is pinned to the ground. He was later pictured being taken away by police bloodied and bruised.
'Ahmed Dogan is in good health. Everything is under control,' Movement for Rights and Freedoms official Ceyhan Ibryamov told journalists.