Minister of Defense (Macedonia)

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Minister of Defense of the Republic of Macedonia is a post (minister) to lead the Ministry of Defense of Macedonia. First minister in independent Macedonia was Trajan Gocevski (in office: 1992–1992), while currently the post is held by Zoran Jolevski (in office: 2014–present). Vlado Popovski and Vlado Buchkovski were re-elected for the post that means they have served for two mandates each. Minister for shortest time was the first one, Trajan Gocevski, while for longest period was Vlado Popovski.

A list of all hitherto Ministers of Defense of Macedonia follows:

Name From To Party
Trajan Gocevski 10 January 1992 4 September 1992 SDSM
Vlado Popovski (first mandate) 4 September 1992 21 December 1994
Blagoja Handzhiski 21 December 1994 29 May 1997 SDSM
Lazar Kitanovski 29 May 1997 1 December 1998 SDSM
Nikola Kljusev 1 December 1998 28 July 2000 VMRO-DPMNE
Ljuben Paunovski 28 July 2000 13 May 2001 VMRO-DPMNE
Vlado Buchkovski (first mandate) 13 May 2001 26 November 2001 SDSM
Vlado Popovski (second mandate) 26 November 2001 1 November 2002
Vlado Buchkovski (second mandate) 1 November 2002 17 December 2004 SDSM
Jovan Manasievski 17 December 2004 26 August 2006 LDP
Lazar Elenovski 26 August 2006 27 July 2008 NSDP
Zoran Konjanovski 27 July 2008 28 July 2011 VMRO-DPMNE
Fatmir Besimi 28 July 2011 18 February 2013 DUI
Talat Xhaferi 18 February 2013 19 June 2014 DUI
Zoran Jolevski 19 June 2014 Current VMRO-DPMNE

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