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, Yugoslavia
(now 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 2013 local elections.[2] He was elected as president of SDSM by receiving the majority of votes in the 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 first elected as mayor of Strumica, and in 2008 he became the vice president of the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia.[4]

Zoran Zaev is a member of the SDSM since 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 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 of vice president of the party.[7] In 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.

Coup charges[edit]

On 31 January 2015, Zaev was charged with "with conspiring with a foreign intelligence service to topple the government"[8] and a foreign diplomat was also allegedly involved in the alleged coup d'état.[9][10]

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.[11]


  1. ^ BrifMK - Zoran Zaev: The new Leader of Opposition (Macedonian) 2 June 2013[dead link]
  2. ^ State Election Committee of Macedonia
  3. ^ Official website of the Social Democratic Union - Archive: Zoran Zaev is the new President of SDSM (Macedonian)
  4. ^ President Zoran Zaev's page on the website of the SDSM (Macedonian)
  5. ^ Official website of SDSM - Strumica www.sdsmstrumica.org
  6. ^ Zaev released from prison (Заев ќе се брани од слобода) BBC Macedonian - Archive (Macedonian) 17 July 2008. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  7. ^ Vecer - Zoran Zaev, Vice President www.vecer.com.mk (Macedonian) 1 September 2008
  8. ^ Kole Casule (February 6, 2015). "U.S. warns Macedonia not to muzzle media in 'coup' scandal" (in English). Reuters. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  9. ^ Documents show British Ambassador directly involved in Macedonia coup scandal, 9 April 2015. Macedoniaonline.eu, Retrieved 18 May 2015
  10. ^ MacDowall, Andrew (28 February 2015). "Fears for Macedonia's fragile democracy amid 'coup' and wiretap claims". The Guardian (Guardian News and Media Limited). Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  11. ^ RFE/RL's Balkan Service (9 February 2015) Macedonian Opposition Leader Accuses Government Of Wiretapping. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty–www.rferl.org. (In English) Retrieved 18 May 2015

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