|Leader of Opposition|
2 June 2013
|Preceded by||Branko Crvenkovski|
8 October 1974 |
|Political party||Social Democratic Union|
|Alma mater||University of Buenos Aires
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. He is also mayor of the Strumica Municipality, re-elected in the 2013 local elections. 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. 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.
On 1 September 2008 he was placed in the position of vice president of the party. 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.
On 31 January 2015, Zaev was charged with "with conspiring with a foreign intelligence service to topple the government", and a foreign diplomat was also allegedly involved in the alleged attempted coup d'état.
In February 2015, Zaev accused Macedonian prime minister Nikola Gruevski of wiretapping and illegally spying on 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.
Zoran Zaev as main opposition leader took part in a meeting on June 2, 2015 with Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and EU enlargement commissioner Johannes Hahn, in order to overcome a deep political crisis since January 2015. The political leaders agreed to hold early elections by the end of April 2016.
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