Bulgaria's Cabinet has nominated four ambassadors to serve in Paris, Washington and Skopje and at UNESCO, respectively, subject to approval by President Georgi Purvanov. Elena Poptodorova, who was ambassador in Washington from 2002 to 2008, has been nominated to serve a second term as Bulgaria's ambassador to the United States. Deputy Foreign Minister Marin Raykov has been named as Bulgaria's ambassador-designate to France, to fill the vacancy left by Irina Bokova who has become head of UNESCO. The Foreign Ministry's Rakovski Lashev has been nominated as ambassador to FYROM and Alexander Savov, of the Foreign Ministry's UNESCO desk, to be Sofia's envoy at UNESCO. The Foreign Ministry has prepared the documentation to nominate an ambassador to Turkey, but the name has not yet been disclosed. The previous ambassadors in Washington and Ankara left office after being involved in controversies linked to alleged irregularities during voting at their embassies during Bulgaria's 2009 elections.