Bulgaria TV gunman's election bid fails

A man who dramatically pointed a gun at a prominent Bulgarian politician live on television has failed in his bid to run for parliament in May, the electoral commission said Friday.

Oktay Enimehmedov, who aimed a gas pistol at the leader of the Turkish minority MRF party during a speech in January, "did not gather the necessary 5,000 signatures," the commission chief told AFP.

Ahmed Dogan managed to swipe away his attacker's arm and the gun jammed. Enimehmedov was then beaten up live on television by security guards and last week was charged with attempted manslaughter.

Currently in custody, the 25-year-old faces 15 years in prison if found guilty. His bid to stand in elections on May 12 was seen as a way of escaping justice.