President of the Republic of Macedonia, 2004-2009
Branko Crvenkovski is a former President and Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia. His active political career begun in 1990, as a member of the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia, one of the largest political parties. The same year, he was elected as an MP to the Assembly in the first parliamentary elections. In 1992, he was elected as a President of the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia and consequently, as a President of the first political coalition Government in the Republic of Macedonia. At the age of 29, he was the youngest Head of Government in Europe. During the second parliamentary elections which took place in 1994, the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia, led by Crvenkovski, won convincingly and he was re-elected as a Prime Minister. He held the PM’s post until 1998.
In 2002, after winning the parliamentary elections, he was re-appointed as a Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia, and in 2004 in the early presidential elections, won a landslide victory, becoming the third President of the Republic of Macedonia. During his term in office until 2009, he exercised a forward looking policy, devoted to preserve the country's stability, strengthen the international position and advancement in the Euro-Atlantic integration process. In 2009 he returned as a leader of the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia in order to overcome the crisis that the party found itself after parliamentary elections in 2008.
In June 2013, Branko Crvenkovski decided to step down as a leader of the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia and withdrew from active political life.
He was born on 12th October 1962 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.