Prime MinisterNikola Gruevski Political partyVMRO-DPMNE ReligionMacedonian Orthodoxy NameGjorge Ivanov Presidential termMay 12, 2009 –
Preceded byBranko Crvenkovski Alma materUniversity of Skopje Signature SpouseMaja Ivanova ChildrenIvan Ivanov
Born2 May 1960 (age 55)
(now Macedonia) (1960-05-02) RolePresident of the Republic of Macedonia EducationSaints Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje PartyInternal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization – Democratic Party for Macedonian National Unity Similar PeopleMaja Ivanova, Branko Crvenkovski, Kiro Gligorov, Boris Trajkovski
With president of the former yugoslav republic of macedonia gjorge ivanov
Gjorge Ivanov, also transliterated as Gorge (Macedonian: Ѓорге Иванов, [ˈɟorɡe ˈivanof]; born May 2, 1960), is the President of the Republic of Macedonia, in office since 2009.
Interview with dr gjorge ivanov president of the republic of macedonia
Born at Valandovo, Ivanov finished primary and secondary school in his hometown of Valandovo. He lived there until the age of 27, then moved to the Macedonian capital Skopje, which has since been his permanent residence.
His professional career began in 1988, when he became an editor at Macedonian Radio and Television, the national broadcasting station. He later taught political theory and political philosophy at the Law Faculty in Skopje. In 1999, he became a visiting professor for the Southeast European programme at the University of Athens in Greece.
A series of academic appointments followed, including at universities in Bologna and Sarajevo. Ss. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje named him associate professor in 1992 and a full-time professor in 2008. The same year, he became president of the Council for Accreditation in Higher Education in Macedonia.
Ivanov has been politically active since the Yugoslav era, when he pushed for political pluralism and a market economy. He is the founder and honorary president of the Macedonian Political Science Association and one of the founding members of the Institute for Democracy Societas Civilis, a leading analytical centre in the Republic of Macedonia.
Until 1990 he was an activist in the League of Socialist Youth of Yugoslavia and a member of the last presidency of the organization, where he worked on reforming the political system and promoting political plurality and free market economy.
Ivanov is considered a leading expert on civil society, specializing in political management.
Campaign and election
On 25 January 2009, the strongest party in the Macedonian parliament, VMRO-DPMNE, appointed Ivanov as the party's presidential candidate for the 2009 Macedonian presidential election. 1,016 party delegates voted for his candidacy at the party's convention. Although he was proposed as a candidate by VMRO-DPMNE, he is not a member of the party.
During his campaign, Ivanov announced that if he is going to be elected president, he would "insist on a meeting between the President of the Republic of Macedonia and the President of the Republic of Greece" and that one of his highest priorities is the resolution of the country's long-running name dispute with Greece.
In the first round of the 2009 Macedonian presidential election 343,374 (35.06%) citizens of the Republic of Macedonia voted for Ivanov, the second being the candidate of the Social Democrats, Ljubomir Frckoski, with 20.45% of the votes.
Ivanov won the second round of the presidential election with 453,616 votes; opposition candidate Ljubomir Frckoski got 264,828 votes.
One day after his election, Ivanov reaffirmed his intention for a meeting to be realized between him and the president of Greece, Karolos Papoulias. He added that he will officialize his invitation just after taking office. After a meeting with the president of the Democratic Union for Integration, Ali Ahmeti, Ivanov announced that he will also include ethnic Albanian intellectuals in his future presidential cabinet.
On 16 April, Ivanov on a ceremony received the presidential certificate from the State Election Commission.
Ivanov took office on 12 May 2009, thereby succeeding Branko Crvenkovski. After taking the oath he held his inauguration speech in the Macedonian parliament and made public his priorities - EU and NATO membership, economic recovery, inner stability, interethnic relations and good relations with the neighboring countries, especially with Greece.
The swearing-in ceremony was attended by Crvenkovski, prime minister Nikola Gruevski, the first president of independent Republic of Macedonia Kiro Gligorov, military officials, leaders of the religious communities in Macedonia and foreign ambassadors in the county.
Also, four foreign statesmen were present — the president of Croatia Stjepan Mesic, the president of Serbia Boris Tadic, the president of Montenegro Filip Vujanovic and the president of Albania Bamir Topi. Later that day Ivanov held bilateral talks with the four presidents.
The second inauguration of President Ivanov was held on 12 May 2014 in the Macedonian parliament The swearing-in ceremony was attended the prime minister Nikola Gruevski, military officials, leaders of the religious communities in Macedonia and foreign ambassadors in the county.The inauguration was boycotted by the Democratic Union for Integration the largest Albanian political party in the Republic of Macedonia and the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia the largest opposition party in Macedonia.
President of Macedonia
On the day Ivanov officially became president of his country, he sent a letter to the president of the United States Barack Obama in which he underlines Macedonia's aim to join NATO and EU and to find a "mutually acceptable solution" to the "name difference" with neighboring Greece. He also thanked Obama for his words of support at the 2009 NATO Summit.
One day after the inauguration, Ivanov together with Prime Minister Gruevski travelled to Brussels to meet with European Union and NATO officials.
Ivanov promotes the Macedonian model of a multi-ethnic society and Pax Europaea, a united Europe living in peace and respecting the diversity and identity of the nations of Europe.
Ivanov was re-elected as President of the Republic of Macedonia for a second term in April 2014.
Ivanov is married to Maja Ivanova. Together they have a son named Ivan.
Цивилно општество (Civil Society)
Демократијата во поделените општества: македонскиот модел (Democracy in the divided societes: the Macedonian Model)
Современи политички теории (Current political theories)
Политички теории - Антика (Political theories - Antiquity)
2011- Highest decoration of the Order of “Saint Lazarus” of Jerusalem
2013- Order of St George from House of Habsburg
2015- Honorary citizen of Pustec
2015- Order Baptist (Preteca) from Saint Jovan Bigorski Monastery
2011-Recognition for leadership in reducing disaster risk from the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction of the United Nations
2012- Peace and Sport' award from Peace and Sport International Forum