Branko Crvenkovski

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Branko Crvenkovski
Бранко Црвенковски
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3rd President of Macedonia
In office
12 May 2004 – 12 May 2009
Prime Minister Radmila Šekerinska (Acting)
Hari Kostov
Radmila Šekerinska (Acting)
Vlado Bučkovski
Nikola Gruevski
Preceded by Boris Trajkovski
Succeeded by Ǵorge Ivanov
Prime Minister of Macedonia
In office
1 November 2002 – 12 May 2004
President Boris Trajkovski
Ljupčo Jordanovski
Preceded by Ljubčo Georgievski
Succeeded by Radmila Šekerinska (Acting)
In office
17 August 1992 – 30 November 1998
President Kiro Gligorov
Stojan Andov
Kiro Gligorov
Preceded by Nikola Kljusev
Succeeded by Ljubčo Georgievski
Personal details
Born (1962-10-12) 12 October 1962 (age 51)
Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
(now Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Political party Social Democratic Union
Spouse(s) Jasna Crvenkovska
Alma mater Saints Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje
Religion Macedonian Orthodoxy

Branko Crvenkovski (Macedonian: Бранко Црвенковски [ˈbraŋkɔ tsr̩ˈvɛŋkɔfski] ( ); born 12 October 1962) leads the Republic of Macedonia's largest opposition party, the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia. He was Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia from 1992 to 1998 and again from 2002 to 2004, then President of the Republic of Macedonia from 2004 to 2009.

Background and earlier career[edit]

Crvenkovski was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, then part of SFR Yugoslavia.[1]

In 1986 he obtained a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Automation from the School of Electrical Engineering at the St. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje.

He was elected member of the Assembly of the Socialist Republic of Macedonia at the first multi-party elections in Yugoslavia in 1990 after serving for several years as head of department at the Semos company in Skopje. A former communist, Crvenkovski has been at the head of the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia since April 1991.

Prime Minister of Macedonia[edit]

On 5 September 1992 he became Macedonia's second prime minister after its secession from Yugoslavia and continued in the post for another four years following the December 1994 elections.

He served as Prime Minister from 1992 to 1998 and from 2002 until 2004. He was most recently elected in 2002 after his Social Democratic Union of Macedonia party won parliamentary elections.

In July 1996 he ordered that Albanian flags in front of government buildings in western part of the Republic of Macedonia be removed. The situation escalated with one person dead and many injured. In 2005, on his initiative, the Albanian flag was legalized.

President of Macedonia[edit]

He won the April 2004 presidential election against Saško Kedev, and took office on 12 May 2004. He then resigned as prime minister.

Crvenkovski did not run for a second term in the presidential elections in March 2009. Instead, he returned to his party and was elected to be the head of the party on 24 May 2009.[2]

Honours and awards[edit]

Branko Crvenkovski is an Honorary Member of Raoul Wallenberg Foundation.[3]

  •  Albania: Received a copy of the key of the city of Tirana on the occasion of his state visit to Albania.[4]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Nikola Kljusev
Prime Minister of Macedonia
1992–1998
Succeeded by
Ljubčo Georgievski
Preceded by
Ljubčo Georgievski
Prime Minister of Macedonia
2002–2004
Succeeded by
Radmila Šekerinska
Acting
Preceded by
Boris Trajkovski
President of Macedonia
2004–2009
Succeeded by
Gjorge Ivanov