Stojan Andov - the first president of the Assembly of independent Macedonia - passed away

Stojan Andov, the first president of the Assembly of the independent and sovereign Republic of Macedonia, died at the age of 89.

Andov was born in Kavadarci on November 30, 1935. He finished elementary education and high school in his hometown, and graduated from the Faculty of Economics in Skopje and received his master's degree from the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade in 1972.

He was the vice-president of the Republic Executive Council, a member of the Macedonian delegation in the Assembly of Republics and Provinces and a member of the federal government for three terms, where his role as a negotiator in the contacts of the former Yugoslavia with EEC experts (1971-1987) is noted;

He was considered an outstanding connoisseur and expert on economic issues, as well as a politician oriented towards the market economy. He was the ambassador of the former Yugoslavia in Iraq (1987-1991).

He is the founder of the Liberal Party of Macedonia and as its president he led the Liberal Party until the merger with the former DP in 1997, when he became the president of the Council of the newly formed political entity;

After the restoration of the Liberal Party of Macedonia, he was elected a member of its Executive Committee;

He was elected vice-president of the Liberal International.

In the first multi-party elections in 1990, he was elected as a deputy in the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia and became the president of the Assembly in January 1991. In the second multi-party elections in 1994, he was again elected as a deputy in the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia and as the President of the Assembly - a duty he held until March 1996;

He was elected as a deputy in the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia in the last elections (1998);

As a Member of Parliament, he is the President of the Commission for Monetary and Credit Policy and Banking of the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia;

He was a candidate for the president of the Republic of Macedonia in the 1999 presidential elections;

On November 30, 2000, he was elected president of the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia.

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