Crvenkovski, Branko (Macedonia)
Branko Crvenkovski, a former prime minister of Macedonia, became president in 2004. He was the first to promote Albanian participation in Macedonian politics, and has made Macedonian membership of the European Union (EU) and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) key objectives. He chose not to stand for re-election in 2009 and left office in May.
Crvenkovski was born 12 Oct. 1962 in Sarajevo. In 1986 he graduated with a degree in computer science and automation from the St Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje. His political career began on his election to the assembly of the Republic of Macedonia at the first multi-party elections in the former Yugoslavia in 1990. In 1991 he became the head of the SDSM despite having been a communist.
In Aug. 1992 Crvenkovski became Macedonia’s first prime minister after its secession from Yugoslavia. At only 29 years of age, he was the youngest government leader in Europe. Re-elected in the Dec. 1994...