Zoran Zaev

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Zoran Zaev
Зоран Заев
Leader of Opposition
Assumed office
2 June 2013
Preceded by Branko Crvenkovski
Personal details
Born (1974-10-08) 8 October 1974 (age 40)
Strumica, Macedonia
Political party Social Democratic Union
Alma mater University of Buenos Aires[citation needed]

Zoran Zaev (Macedonian: Зоран Заев; born 8 October 1974 in Strumica) is the political leader of the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM) and the leader of opposition in the Republic of Macedonia.[1] He is also mayor of the Strumica Municipality re-elected in the Macedonian local elections, 2013.[2] He was elected as president of SDSM by receiving the majority of votes on the last 14th Macedonian Social Democratic Congress, held on 2 June 2013.[3] In his political career he has been a member of the Macedonian Assembly from 2003 to 2005, in 2005 he was firstly elected as mayor of Strumica, and in 2008 he was put as the vice president of the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia.[4]

Zoran Zaev is a member of the SDSM from the year 1996. For two mandates he has been elected as the president of the regional administration of the party in the Strumica region.[5] For manipulation of his present state for the construction of the city mall Global, he and five of his coworkers were arrested and imprisoned. The case ended after the abolition signed by the then-President Branko Crvenkovski, with whom Zoran Zaev and his associates were released from prison.[6]

On 1 September 2008 he was placed in the position vice president of the party.[7] On the 2009 local elections Zaev was elected for his second mandate as mayor of Strumica. In 2013 after Branko Crvenkovski stepped down from the leader's position in SDSM, Zaev was elected as the party's president. In February 2015, Zaev accused Macedonian prime minister Nikola Gruevski of wiretapping and illegally spying at least 20,000 people. The government, on the other hand, accused Zaev of blackmailing Gruevski and detained five people in connection with that case.[8]


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