Five people have sat on the presidential chair so far - all the presidents of Macedonia from Gligorov to Pendarovski

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The presidential elections on April 24 will be the seventh since the country's independence. Five presidents have sat on the presidential chair so far. The first president Kiro Gligorov and Gjorge Ivanov held the office of president in two terms, and Boris Trajkovski and Branko Crvenkovski had one term each, as well as Stevo Pendarovski, who is again running for head of state.

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The first mandate of President Kiro Gligorov was given on the basis of election by the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia, in accordance with the then constitutional decisions, and his successors were chosen in immediate elections.

The first presidential elections in the Republic of Macedonia were held on October 16, 1994, simultaneously with the parliamentary elections. Two candidates participated in the elections, and Kiro Gligorov won in the first round with 715.087 votes, ie 78,4 percent, as a candidate of the coalition led by SDSM. His opponent, Ljubisa Georgievski, supported by VMRO-DPMNE, won 197.109 votes, i.e. 21,6 percent.

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The second presidential elections in the independent Republic of Macedonia took place in 1999. The previous president, Kiro Gligorov, did not run in these elections, and Boris Trajkovski, a candidate of VMRO-DPMNE, won. In the first round, the candidates - Muarem Nejipi, Vasil Tupurkovski, Muhamed Halili, Tito Petkovski, Stojan Andov and Boris Trajkovski participated. In the second round, Boris Trajkovski won with 582.808 votes, and Tito Petkovski won 513.614 votes, or 52,40 percent against 46,18 percent.

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The third presidential election in 2004 was held early due to the death of President Boris Trajkovski. The first round was held on April 14, 2004, and the second on April 28, 2004. Four candidates took part in the elections - Branko Crvenkovski supported by SDSM, Sashko Kedev from VMRO-DPMNE, Gzim Ostreni from DUI, Zudi Jelili from DPA. In these elections, Branko Crvenkovski won with 550.317 votes or 62,6 percent, against Sashko Kedev with 329.179 votes or 37,4 percent.

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The fourth presidential elections were held on March 22 and April 5, 2009, at the same time as local government elections. Seven candidates participated in the elections - Gjorge Ivanov supported by VMRO-DPMNE, Ljubomir Frchkoski from SDSM, Imer Selmani from New Democracy, Ljube Boshkoski as an independent candidate, Agron Budzaku from DUI, Nano Ruzhin from LDP and Mirushe Hoxha from DPA. In these presidential elections, Gjorge Ivanov won with 453.616 votes or 63,14 percent.

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The fifth presidential elections were held on April 13 and April 27, 2014. Early parliamentary elections were held simultaneously with the second round of the presidential elections. The second round was on April 27, 2014. Candidates Gjorgje Ivanov and Stevo Pendarovski placed in it. In these fifth presidential elections, VMRO-DPNME candidate Gjorgje Ivanov won with 534.910 votes against SDSM candidate Stevo Pendarovski with 398.077 votes. Apart from Pendarovski and Ivanov, Zoran Poposki supported by GROM and Ilyaz Halimi from DPA participated in these presidential elections.

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The sixth presidential elections were held on April 21 and May 5, 2019, in which Stevo Pendarovski won with 435.656 votes or 53.59 percent. These were the first elections after the entry into force of the Prespa Agreement, which resolved the name dispute with Greece and the country was named the Republic of North Macedonia. In these presidential elections, in addition to Stevo Pendarovski, Gordana Siljanovska Davkova from VMRO-DPMNE and Blerim Reka, supported by the Alliance for Albanians and the BESA Movement, participated.

Presidential elections/ Infographic: "Free Press", Elisaveta Bejkova

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